FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #13-37
May 21, 2013
Seth Solomonow/Scott Gastel (212) 839-4850
NYC DOT and NYC Bike Share Launch New Citi Bike Smartphone App
Free app identifies Citi Bike stations, available bikes and open docks using Google Maps API
App will launch with Citi Bike on May 27, adding restaurants and other featured content soon through The New York Times’s The Scoop
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and NYC Bike Share today announced the launch of the Citi Bike app, a real-time guide to help Citi Bike members locate nearby bike docking stations and get up-to-the-minute information on the number of available bikes and docks when the system launches Monday, May 27. The app features a map of the Citi Bike service area, with station locations identified with blue-and-white bike icons, which users can tap to see how many bikes and docks are available at each station. The map will let bike share users plan their trips by showing the nearest station with available bikes at the start of their trip as well as nearby stations with open docks at their destinations. The free app, now available at the Apple Store and Google Play for Apple iOS and Android devices, is powered by Google Maps API, guiding users to bike-friendly routes across the service area’s more than 300 docking stations and 6,000 bikes in Manhattan below 59th Street and neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
“This new app will help tap into everything that the city’s newest transportation system has to offer when Citi Bike launches next week,” said Commissioner Sadik-Khan. “With instant information on available bikes, stations and nearby destinations, this smart technology will bring the city within reach with just a click.”
“One of the reasons Citi signed on to be title sponsor of Citi Bike is the unique way the program can help New Yorkers and visitors unlock and explore New York City. We are hopeful the new Citi Bike mobile app will enhance that experience even further,” said Citi North America Marketing Vice President Jon Sellman.
The app, developed by Publicis Kaplan Thaler, currently displays partial station information and will be continuously updated in the coming days. It will provide real-time updates on the complete network of stations, bikes and docks when the system is launched on May 27. To map a route, Citi Bike members can enter an address or landmark into the app to receive turn-by-turn directions on the most bike-friendly route to the docking station closest to their destination. Should a station not have any open docks or bikes, the app will automatically direct users to the next closest station at the beginning and end of their trip. The Citi Bike app also features a timer to alert riders when it is time to dock their bike to stay within the free period—45 minutes for annual members and 30 minutes for daily and weekly members. The app also lets users save their favorite locations and share their use of Citi Bike via social media.
Later this summer, users will be able to use new features on the interactive Citi Bike map, helping them experience even more of what New York City has to offer. The app will incorporate content from The New York Times’s The Scoop app, with listings and recommendations of restaurants, coffee shops and destinations and events across the service area. The app also incorporates bike shop locations, showing users where they can purchase helmets and other biking accessories, as well as a feature that displays branch locations for Citibank customers.
Citi Bike, New York City’s bike sharing system, will provide New Yorkers and visitors with an additional transportation option, with a focus on short trips, for getting around the city. Bike sharing programs have proven to be a fun, efficient and convenient way to navigate through major cities around the country and around the world. More than 12,000 annual members have already signed-up ahead of the May 27 launch, providing them with unlimited 45-minute trips on 6,000 bikes for just $95, and the system will open to daily and weekly memberships on June 2. Visit www.citibikenyc.com for more information on the program.