NYC ANNOUNCES THAT CITI BIKE EXCEEDS 5 MILLION RIDES

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York and
received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the
sender. Michael Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of
Bloomberg LP, parent company of Bloomberg News.) 
November 8, 2013 
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER SADIK-KHAN ANNOUNCE
THAT CITI BIKE EXCEEDS 5 MILLION RIDES, 10 MILLION MILES
TRAVELED IN FIRST 5 MONTHS 
More than 432,000 people have purchased access passes, averaging
35,000 daily trips over the last three months 
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City Department of
Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and New
York City Bike Share today announced that Citi Bike users have
taken more than 5.1 million trips since the system started
operation on May 27, with riders travelling an estimated 10
million miles over the first 166 days--far outstripping the pace
of other major bike share cities. Washington DC took almost
three years of operation to reach 5 million rides. More than
432,000 people have purchased access passes for the 6,000-bike,
330-station system so far, including nearly 94,000 annual
memberships. 
“Citi Bike is the largest bike share program in the nation and
now it’s also the fastest growing,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “It’s
been a huge hit with New Yorkers and our visitors, and ridership
is easily outstripping our most optimistic projections.” 
“Five months and 5 million trips later, Citi Bikers have ridden
into the history books,” said DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan. “The
real measure of Citi Bike’s success isn’t just how fast it
passed these milestones but how fast it has re-drawn the map for
getting around the city.” 
“Citi Bike has dramatically exceeded our expectations no matter
how you look at it - rides taken, miles traveled or greenhouse
gas emissions avoided,” said Citi Chief Executive Officer
Michael Corbat. “Citi has a 200-year history of enabling
innovative projects in New York and great cities around the
world. We are building on that tradition with Citi Bike. It has
proven to be an effective and unique way of connecting with New
Yorkers and we are proud to support it.” 
The City also released an updated statistical fact sheet card
for Citi Bike’s first 5 million miles: 
Number of trips (as of 9 a.m. November 8): 5,172,616: more rides
than the populations of Brooklyn and Queens combined; more than
the populations of 28 states; one million more riders than
annual visitors to the Empire State Building and equal to the
annual visitors of the Natural History Museum; more than twice
the annual ridership of DC’s Capital Bike Share, the nation’s
second largest system, which took nearly three years to reach 5
million rides. 
Number of trips in the peak travel day: 44,000: more than the
average Yankee Stadium attendance this past season; average
daily ridership of 35,000 is more than twice the daily
attendance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
Total annual, weekly and daily subscriptions purchased: 432,244,
almost as large as the population of Atlanta, Georgia; nearly
94,000 annual members, roughly equivalent to the capacities of
Yankee Stadium and Citi Field combined. 
Estimated miles traveled to date: 10.08 million, the equivalent
of 404 trips around the Earth; roughly a third of the distance
to Mars; nearly four times the length of all paved roads in the
United States; and nearly eight times the total miles run by all
50,000 New York City marathoners last weekend. 
Estimated number of calories burned since launch*: 403 million,
the equivalent of 732,000 Big Macs, nearly 419,000 entire pints
of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream, and more than
107,000 Pizza Hut meat lover’s pizzas.
*assumes an average of 40 calories per mile biked 
Average number of daily rides on each of the 6,000 Citi Bikes: 6 
Average number rides on each of the 6,000 Citi Bikes since
launch: 862 
Citi Bike launched on May 27 to annual members and June 2 to
users purchasing daily and weekly passes in the initial service
area, including Manhattan below 59th Street and in the Brooklyn
neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant,
Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and DUMBO. Citi Bike is
the nation’s largest bike share system and is funded by a $41
million sponsorship from Citi, and without taxpayer funds being
used to underwrite the system. The City plans to announce the
timeline for expansion soon. Annual members who purchase a $95
membership receive an electronic key to undock a bike from any
station, allowing unlimited trips up to 45 minutes without
incurring any additional costs. Discounted memberships are
available for NYCHA residents and through Community Development
Credit Unions. Twenty-four-hour and seven-day access passes
provide unlimited 30-minute trips. For more information or to
purchase a membership, visit citibikenyc.com. 
Contact:
Marc La Vorgna/Evelyn Erskine
(212) 788-2958 
Seth Solomonow/Nick Mosquera (DOT)
(212) 839-4850 
(bjh) NY 
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