Discover everything you need to know about Citi Bike in this guide. New York is one of the most walkable cities in the world, but with more than 1,200 miles of bike lanes and routes, it’s also bike-friendly. Biking is a popular and accessible way to navigate the city while taking in some beautiful views on your way.
What is Citi Bike?
Citi Bike launched in May 2013 and has become an essential part of our transportation network. It’s fun, efficient, and affordable – not to mention healthy for you and good for the environment. The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any other station in the system, making them ideal for one-way trips. Citi Bike is available for use 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
How does it work?
Citi Bike is a way of transportation that allows users to make trips using available bikes. It consists of a fleet of bikes locked into a network of docking stations throughout New York City. The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any other station in the system.
How much does it cost?
Short-term passes are perfect for tourists and visitors. Explore New York like never before – on two wheels!
Citi Bike is a fun way to get around NYC. Use it to get to local attractions or take a ride around Central Park or the Hudson River Greenway.
$3.50/trip. One ride up to 30 minutes on a Classic bike.
$15/day. Unlimited 30-minute rides in a 24-hour period on a Classic bike.
(If you go over 30 minutes, you will be charged $4 per 15-minute increment.) If you’re in town for a weekend, the best deal is the three-day pass, for $24.
With a Day Pass, you can ride as many times as you want—just so long as each jaunt is 30 minutes or less (or under 45 minutes if you’re an annual member). Think of Citi Bike passes as unlimited MetroCards—if your subway rides afforded you a finite amount of time.
What if my bike’s broken or has a flat?
Return it, push the white wrench button atop the dock (which alerts staffers of the issue), and unlock a different ride.
What if I get in an accident while riding?
First, call the police. Second, dial 855-BIKE-311 and talk to a CB staffer. Just be aware of the fine print stating that the bike is your responsibility until it’s docked or in a rep’s possession. Oh, and if your bike is stolen, call that number within 24 hours and brace for a possible charge on your credit card covering its recovery or replacement.
Meet The bike
Whether you’re an experienced rider or new to city biking, here are a few simple tips to help you feel more comfortable and confident:
Plan a sensible route
Before you start your ride: adjust the seat to fit your height, make sure the tires have air, and double-check the brakes
Wear a helmet
Obey traffic signals
Yield to pedestrians
Ride in the direction of traffic
Ride with caution
Stay off sidewalks
Use hand signals
Don’t text and ride!
How to show New York City’s Bike Lanes on Google Maps?
Go to Google Maps and enter your starting point and destination.
Click on the ☰ menu button in the top left-hand corner
Click on the Bicycling from the menu options
This will then show you all the bicycle routes in the area, separated into four categories:
Trails (solid dark green line)
Dedicated lanes (solid green lane)
Bicycle-friendly roads (dotted green line)
Dirt/unpaved trails (solid brown line)
Go to the Google Maps app search for the area or route you want to look at
Click on the Map Type symbol near the top right corner of the screen
Select “Cycling” under “Map Details”
This will then show you all the bicycle routes in the area, again separated into four categories: