NYC Best Transportation Citi Bike


May is Bike Month! To celebrate, Citi Bike is providing a range of opportunities to try the blue bikes for low to no cost throughout the month.

“We want more New Yorkers to discover what our over 120,000 Annual Citi Bike members already know — just how fun and easy it can be to use bike share to get where you need to go, when you need to go there,” said Jay Walder, President & CEO of Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike. “With more bikes and bike lanes in the five boroughs than ever before, there has never been a better time to try Citi Bike.”  People can visit Citi Bike’s website to get $25 off an annual membership, which typically retails at $163 per year, throughout the month of May. What are you waiting for?

Citi Bike is also supporting citywide efforts to improve bike safety. This month, Citi Bike members can receive a complimentary Transportation Alternatives membership to support the organization’s advocacy for safer streets for biking. Citi Bike members can sign up and enter their bike key number to verify their membership.

In addition, Citi Bike is participating in a range of events and biking promotions throughout the month.

On May 19, Citi Bike will participate in Transportation Alternative’s fifth annual “Bike Home from Work” party. Kicking off from the Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO, the “Bike Home From Work” party will include a beer garden, food trucks, interactive exhibitions, a DJ and even a tattoo shop.

On May 20, ride a Citi Bike for free as part of Bike the Branches, Brooklyn Public Library’s annual fundraiser ride throughout its sixty branches.  Citi Bike is sponsoring a Bike the Branches tour, which takes you through the Citi Bike service area in Brooklyn— and allows members to take advantage of a special docking station at Central Library and any one of the hundreds along the Citi Bike route.  

On May 25, Citi Bike in partnership with Bike New York and Council Member Ben Kallos will host their first Citi Bike Streets Skills class of the season. This short presentation covers bike share basics and riding tips to help get people comfortable and safe riding on New York City Streets.

Starting immediately Citi Bike staff will be stationed at Grand Army Plaza and Central Park South from 10am to 6pm every day to answer questions about Citi Bike and bicycling more broadly to encourage people who are interested to try biking in New York.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (“Restoration”) will also host bi-weekly rides for Bed Stuy residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout May. Free Citi Bike bikes will be available for those who want to join but don’t have a bike. Additional details can be found here.

Citi Bike expanding to Astoria, Prospect Heights, and Crown Heights this summer. Planned locations can be found here.

Previous articlePancake Guide to Downtown New York
Next articleSummer Look from Theory Downtown
Grace Capobianco, CEO/Publisher of Downtown Media & Production was born to be a visionary. She has spent the majority of her life working, developing and marketing innovative media products that not only engage and inform but also bring entire communities together. Utilizing her personal vision as a professional guide, Grace started her first company, Tropical Publishing, when she was just 27 years old and from this moment on, she knew that entrepreneurship was her passion. On a perpetual quest to bring innovative and relevant news to communities, she also created, developed and published the first ever Chamber of Commerce magazine for the Palm Beaches, The South Florida Office Guide. Evolving within the realm of publishing, she moved on to launch Up The Coast magazine in the 1980’s, a guide to Jupiter, in north Florida, where the population aggrandized from 9,000 to more than 70,000 today, and then continued to hone in on niche markets with the launch of publications like Alternative Medicine and NewBeauty. Simultaneously, she launched ATSI, a telecommunications company, which sold Mitel and Siemens products to her publishing clients. The idea of Downtown Magazine NYC was born for Grace in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. A Lower Manhattan resident at this time, Grace saw firsthand the incredible sense of community the neighborhood had demonstrated during these trying times, as well as its immense strength and perseverance. She explored every angle of launching a magazine that would speak to this community but initially felt the timing was just too soon. It wasn’t until 2010 that Grace felt the community was ready to hear its voice and launched Downtown Magazine NYC.