Citi Bike to expand service in anticipation of L-train shutdown

June 28, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eagle photo by Mary Frost

In response to the upcoming 15-month shutdown of the L train west of Bedford Avenue, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Citi Bike would expand its service in Williamsburg as well as Manhattan between Canal and 59th streets. An additional 1,250 bikes and 2,500 docks will be installed in those areas, according to Curbed.

Citi Bike’s parent company Motivate is also planning a temporary “Shuttle Service” with pedal-assist electric bicycles that will be available for rent in certain areas, including those near the Williamsburg Bridge.

“New Yorkers are going to love our pedal-assist bikes — which besides enabling riders to conquer steep city bridges [like the approaches to the Williamsburg] with ease, are a whole lot of fun to ride,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Motivate. Still, Citi Bike is still not serving neighborhoods around the eastern part of the L line, including Bushwick, East New York, and Ridgewood, Queens.

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