Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced Lyft/Citi Bike will be the bike share provider for the two cities.
The partnership will expand connectivity and mobility within two of New Jersey’s largest transportation hubs through a combined bike share program that will launch this fall.
Members of the Hoboken-Jersey City Bike Share Program can rent Citi Bikes in New York at no additional cost.
Previously, Jersey City used Citi Bike while Hoboken used Hudson Bike Share meaning residents who moved between the two cities couldn’t easily commute; neither had the other’s docking stations.
“This bike share partnership is the innovative approach people are looking for to avoid crowded mass transit and opt for a safer, healthier, low-cost, and efficient means of travel,” Fulop said, “making it much easier for residents and visitors to travel between the two communities for work, shopping, dining, and more.”
“I am thrilled that Hoboken will be joining Jersey City in upgrading our bike share system to Citi Bike,” Bhalla said. “This system will provide an integrated transportation option between Hoboken and Jersey City that is safe, affordable and convenient for residents, which is especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bhalla said.
“Not only will Citi Bike provide improved connectivity between our two cities but will also allow Hoboken residents to now utilize Citi Bike in New York City with one membership.”
A regional bike share program will help both cities’ Vision Zero campaigns to eliminate pedestrian deaths and serious injuries within 10 years.
They are two of the most bike-friendly communities in New Jersey, offering a combined 75 miles of protected bike lanes, conventional bike lanes, and shared lanes.
“We welcome Citi Bike to Hoboken and look forward to a bike share system that integrates seamlessly with our neighbors in Jersey City and Manhattan,” said President of Bike Hoboken Chris Adair.
“We hope to see a larger investment from Lyft to expand not only north into Hoboken, but south and re-establish bike share into other sections of Jersey City,” said Patrick Conlon, President of Bike JC.
1,000 bikes by 2021
The bike share system will initially include 800 bikes and 82 stations, making it one of the largest bike share programs in the eastern United States, according to the cities.
During initial deployment, Lyft will upgrade the existing 51 Citi Bike stations in Jersey City and add two new stations on the south side of the city.
To better address underserved neighborhoods, Lyft will work with Jersey City to locate 75 percent of the new stations outside of Downtown.
In Hoboken, Lyft will install 30 new stations effectively replacing the existing Hudson Bike Share stations.
Starting in 2021, the expansion in Jersey City will include 15 new stations and 200 bikes, for a total of 95 stations and 1,000 bikes.
Lyft will work with Hoboken to add more stations in 2021, pending available funding.
Forty percent of the bike share fleet will consist of pedal-assist electric bikes.
E-bikes, currently deployed in New York City, do not have a throttle, so riders will be required to pedal just like a conventional bike for the electric assist to activate.
These bikes will help riders travel farther between the two cities and must be parked at Citi Bike docking stations.
“A bike share program that links with New York City and Jersey City has been the top request from Hoboken bike enthusiasts,” said Hoboken Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, chair of the council’s Transportation and Parking Subcommittee.
What’s the cost?
According to Hoboken spokesperson Vijay Chaudhuri membership fees will vary.
For nonmembers, a single ride costs $3 for up to 30 minutes on a classic pedal bike. When the user upgrades to an e-bike, $0.15 per minute will be added. If a user rides a bike for longer than 30 minutes at a time, regardless of the type of bike, it will cost an additional $0.15 per minute.
Annual membership will be $179. Annual members can take as many 45-minute rides as they like on a classic bike or upgrade to en e-bike for an additional $0.10 per minute. Trips longer than 45 minutes will cost an additional $0.15 per minute, regardless of the type of bike.
Lyft will also offer reduced fare memberships for SNAP recipients and housing authority residents, at $5 per month.
For reduced fare, the first 45 minutes is free when riding a pedal bike. An e-bikewill cost an extra $0.05 per minute. If users keep a bike out for longer than 45 minutes, it will cost $0.15 per minute for the remainder of the journey, regardless of bike type.
Veterans and military personnel can get discounted membership of $35 off annual costs. Active, reservist, veteran, and retired U.S. military personnel are eligible.
The Citi Bike agreement includes a better revenue share for both cities, with five percent of annual ridership revenue above $2 million to be evenly distributed.
The program contract will be subject to adoption by both city councils.