The summer is in full swing, and now is the time to take advantage of the beautiful rides you can take along the West Side Highway! Have you seen the Citi Bikes throughout Manhattan? If you haven’t pedaled along the Hudson River in a summer breeze downtown, you can now with Citi Bike. Citi Bike is being sponsored by Citibank, and Citi Bike has become an official New York City bike sharing system.
The system works with three simple steps: you unlock your bike from any of the hundreds of stations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, you ride the bike wherever you want, and then you return it to any of the stations available. There are 1,000s of Citi Bikes available in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the stations are all self-service, they’re inexpensive, and most of all, they’re environmentally sustainable. An annual membership with Citi Bike costs $95 (plus tax) per year which is a great deal in the long run at only 26 cents a day if you’re a commuter or a local in NYC. Otherwise, you could buy a 24-hour access pass for $9.95 (plus tax) or a 7-day access pass for $25 (plus tax).
However, it is worth noting that you do need a credit or debit card in order to use Citi Bikes. Plus, there will be a $101 hold on your card until the bike is returned. There are also overtime fees. For annual members, riders are allowed trips that are shorter than 45 minutes at no extra charge. For 24-hour or 7-day access pass riders, they are only allowed 30 minutes
at no extra charge. After these times, riders are charged overtime fees.
Still, don’t let these fine print rules scare you off from riding with Citi Bike. A bike should be ridden as cautiously as any other vehicle, or as cautious as every pedestrian should be in New York given the ever-growing amount of petty cabs and taxis. Wear a helmet, use your better judgment, signal to other moving vehicles and fellow New Yorkers, and obey all traffic laws. Enjoy your ride!