NEW YORK— Healthfirst and Lyft today announced a new First Ride Free campaign offering free Citi Bike rides to all new users between Saturday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Sep. 12*. Riders can access the offer by downloading the Citi Bike app and clicking the “First Ride Free, presented by Healthfirst” pass. As Citi Bike expands its bikeshare network into new communities and areas hit hard by COVID-19, this offer allows new users to try the bikes for free as a reliable transportation resource to get around their communities. More information on how to access this offer and the offer terms can be found on the Citi Bike blog.
As the official wellness partner of Citi Bike, Healthfirst is also the presenting sponsor of the Reduced Fare Bike Share program, which offers monthly memberships for only $5 per month to eligible NYCHA residents, SNAP recipients and members of select community development credit unions. Currently, 7,000 New Yorkers access reliable transportation through the Reduced Fare Bike Share program. In 2019, Healthfirst sponsored Free Ride Day, which broke Citi Bike’s single day ride record with over 100,000 rides on that day alone.
“First Ride Free is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t taken a ride on a Citi Bike to give it a try compliments of Healthfirst,” said Miguel Centeno, Healthfirst Vice President of Community Engagement. “We were excited to see a sharp increase in participation in the Reduced Fare Bike Share program in recent months, indicating that having access to a safe and affordable transportation alternative is beneficial to people who need to get to work, attend a doctor appointment, access essential resources and services or participate in a healthy exercise option. This program aligns perfectly with Healthfirst’s commitment to improving equity and the well-being of the communities we serve.”
“Lyft is proud to team up with our official wellness partner Healthfirst to offer free rides for new Citi Bike riders to experience the benefits of bikeshare,” said Laura Fox, General Manager for Citi Bike at Lyft. “We know thousands of people already count on Citi Bike to help them move around the city, especially as more people turn to cycling as a way to commute, exercise and explore while social distancing. We hope this unique opportunity encourages even more New Yorkers and visitors to get on a bike and ride.”
With its 1,000th station recently installed in New York City, at East 160th Street & Tinton Avenue in the Bronx, Citi Bike riders have a million ride possibilities when riding station to station. Citi Bike is the most widely used bikeshare system in the nation and recently hit the milestone of 100 million all-time rides. Since the system's launch, Citi Bike riders have pedaled more than 120 million miles and offset more than 97 million pounds of carbon and counting. Citi Bike is committed to the health and wellness of all New Yorkers. The Prescribe-A-Bike program partners with NYC hospitals in order to "prescribe" patients with a free annual membership as a way to combat chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes. Citi Bike looks forward to expanding this program to continue to help increase bike share access among low-income New Yorkers in need.
Citi Bike, currently expanding to more of the Bronx and Upper Manhattan and adding thousands of ebikes through the rest of the year, saw record ridership in 2019 and is expected to break last year's record of more than 100,000 rides across the system in a single day. Citi Bike has already seen a single day with over 94,000 rides in August 2020. With a previous $100 million commitment from Lyft, the system is doubling its footprint by 35 square miles and increasing the number of bikes to 40,000.
Annual ridership has steadily increased in recent years, as residents and visitors alike turn to the blue bikes to move around New York City. Riders took 16.7 million trips in 2017, 17.9 million in 2018 and nearly 21 million in 2019. In 2020, Citi Bike has been meeting the needs of this unique moment, providing New Yorkers with an affordable, reliable, sustainable, and socially distant way to get around. Nearly 30,000 critical workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis have been given free Citi Bike memberships through the system's Critical Workforce Membership Program and a $1 million investment from Citi and Mastercard.
Citi Bike's Phase 3 expansion is already in progress and will be completed by the end of 2023, doubling the footprint of the network. Citi Bike has 15,000 bikes at nearly 1,000 stations and works with more than 62 community partners across New York City. Late last year, Lyft also launched the first Equity Advisory Council for bikeshare, gathering together 20 organizations to provide an equity lens and guidance for Citi Bike's expansion.
The annual cost of a Citi Bike membership is $179 with an annual commitment. Hundreds of companies also subsidize annual memberships for their employees as a wellness, transportation, or recreation benefit. Citi Bike's Bike for Business program has received many recent inquiries from organizations across a variety of industries as they develop their Back to Office plans. More info available at citibikenyc.com.
Annual members can unlock a bike from any station, allowing unlimited free trips up to 45 minutes on classic bikes as well as reduced per-minute ebike fees. Day Passes are available for purchase at any Citi Bike station or through the Citi Bike app and provide unlimited 30-minute trips.
*New users only. Only valid for redemption within the Citi Bike app. Offer valid from August 29, 2020 through September 12, 2020 or while supplies last. Must set up a valid Citi Bike account with a valid credit card. Limit one (1) free ride per account. Pass applies to the Single Ride fare for Classic bikes up to 30 minutes, not to other fees and charges, such as ebike upgrade. Cannot be combined with other offers. Subject to Citi Bike Rental Agreement and Liability Waiver.