July 16, 2019, Staff Report
The Citi Bike fleet will stretch into Sunnyside and Woodside 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 and Long Island City service area, through Sunnyside and Woodside and along Queens Boulevard into Elmhurst. The network will also expand southward through Maspeth with 65th Place as the eastern boundary in that portion.
Other Queens neighborhoods that Citi Bike will expand to include Jackson Heights and Corona.
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 Sunnyside and Woodside 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’m pleased to see Citi Bike expanding and particularly gratified to see Sunnyside/Woodside included in this next round,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “All New Yorkers deserve greener, safer and more affordable transportation alternatives. I will push to have all of Woodside included in this expansion and continue to advocate for every neighborhood in our city to have access to bike share.”