July 16, Staff Report
The Citi Bike fleet will stretch into Jackson Heights by the end of 2023 as part of a massive expansion to the bike sharing system.
City officials today announced the boundaries for the expanded Citi Bike fleet, which will ultimately double the size of the service area and triple the number of bikes to 40,000.
The Citi Bike network will expand eastward from the existing Astoria service, through Jackson Heights and then through Corona to the Grand Central Parkway and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Other Queens neighborhoods that Citi Bike will expand to include Elmhurst—to Queens Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway—as well as Maspeth.
Citi Bike will also come to Ridgewood “in the months ahead” as part of an expansion from Brooklyn that’s already underway, City officials said.
The Jackson Heights Citi Bikes will come about a decade after the system launched in New York, and several years after it was first expanded to Queens in Long Island City in 2015. Citi Bike currently has 12,000 bikes and more than 750 stations in western Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City, according to the company’s website.
“I am pleased to welcome Citi Bike to my district,” Councilman Daniel Dromm said, calling it a “safe, clean and affordable means of transportation” that helps decrease both traffic and public transit crowding.