Upper Manhattan's Citi Bike drought is finally coming to an end, most likely by next year.
Yesterday the de Blasio administration and Lyft, the parent company of Citi Bike, announced the new boundaries of the bike share's planned expansion over the next five years, and the whole of Upper Manhattan is included. Nine neighborhoods in the Bronx, five in Queens and 10 in Brooklyn are also in the enlarged map.
"This expansion will help us build a more fair and equitable city for all New Yorkers," said Mayor de Blasio. "Even more communities will have access to this low-cost, sustainable mode of transportation."
Yesterday's big announcement follows last November's news that Lyft would be investing $100 million to double the service area and triple the number of bikes.
Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx will be the first areas to get bikes after the current expansion into East Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Ridgewood, according to Citi Bike. Community board consultations this fall will be followed by stations being installed in 2020.
Here's the complete list of NYC neighborhoods included in the five-year expansion:
• The Bronx: Mott Haven, Melrose, Port Morris, Highbridge, Claremont, Morrisania, Longwood, Concourse and Mt. Eden
• Brooklyn: Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, East Flatbush, Sunset Park, South Slope, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Park South and Kensington
• Manhattan: Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill, Washington Heights and Inwood (when completed, all of Manhattan will have Citi Bike)
• Queens: Sunnyside, Maspeth, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Corona