New Yorkers and visitors alike can enjoy the convenience of exploring NYC by bike with Citi Bike's bike share program.
Visitors will likely find the daily and three-day passes the most useful, and you can buy them conveniently right at any Citi Bike kiosk with a credit or debit card. With the short term memberships, you'll need to swipe your credit card at a kiosk every time you want to borrow a bike and you'll be given a code to unlock the bike, but you'll only be charged the first time you buy your pass.
What Is Citi Bike?
Citi Bike is New York City's new bike share program, sponsored by Citibank and Mastercard. The program launched in 2013. The bike share program offers visitors and New Yorkers another way to get around New York City, in addition to the subways and buses. The system launched with 5,500 bikes and nearly 300 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
How Much Does Citi Bike Cost?
Citi Bike membership is $12 per day, $24 for a 3-day pass and $155 for an annual membership. Daily and weekly memberships can be purchased right at one of the Citi Bike stations. Daily and weekly members get 30 minutes free per ride. Annual members get 45 minutes free per ride.
Price for additional time varies, but increases with the duration of your ride—this is intentionally designed so that bikes are docked frequently and used for commuting/transit rather that long rides.
What You Should Know about Citi Bike
- Check out this list of NYC bike rental options to see how Citi Bike compares to other rental options.
- Depending on your membership level, you can use a bike for 30-45 minutes with no additional charge.
- If you arrive at a station and there are no spots left, you will get a 15 minute grace period to return the bike to a different station, as long as you check in at the kiosk (which will also direct you to the closest station that does have spots).
- If you lose your Citi Bike, it'll cost you $1,000, so you need to either dock it or lock it when it's not in use.
- All bikes will feature always illuminated lights, bells and built-in GPS systems.
Citi Bike Tips
- You can ride as much as you want as long as you dock your bike every 30-45 minutes.
- Wearing a helmet is highly encouraged, but you'll need to bring-your-own.
- Download the Citi Bike App for your smart phone to find nearby Citi Bike stations.
- You can download a NYC bike map or plan a bike route online or call 311 for a printed bike map.
- Citi Bike will be particularly helpful for visitors who want to get to areas of Manhattan that aren't well served by subways, including some of the sightseeing cruises on the Hudson River.
New York City Biking Rules
- Bicyclists must ride on the road.
- Only riders age 12 and under can ride on the sidewalk.
- Bicyclists must travel with traffic, not against it.
- Pedestrians have right of way.
- All traffic laws must be obeyed.