Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken today announced the expansion of the popular Citi Bike program to include a new station with 24 docks in the highly utilized Hoboken Terminal area.
On Aug. 17, Lyft will install the new docking station on River Street near First Street, increasing dock count in the terminal area from 127 to 151, representing a 19 percent increase in dock availability.
“We’ve heard from residents about the need for more docks near Hoboken Terminal, and I’m glad to share that we are adding a station to help meet this demand,” said Mayor Bhalla. “The new station will help us create a more reliable bike-share network, and ensure more residents have the access they need when they utilize the program. Thank you to our partners at Lyft for working with my administration to improve access to Citi Bike.”
"Citi Bike ridership in New Jersey is breaking records this year," said Patrick Knoth, Associate General Manager of Citi Bike. "Citi Bike has become the link that connects Hoboken residents with the ferry and PATH train, and riders are increasingly seeing it as the best option for a fast, easy and sustainable trip to the other side of the Hudson and back."
Since Citi Bike expanded into Hoboken in May 2021, there have been 850,624 trips in Hoboken, and in the last year alone, ridership has grown 22 percent from the previous year. Sixty percent of trips begin and end at the existing four docking stations within a 5-minute walk of the terminal. These 127 docks, which occupy the same amount of curbside space as 13 parking spaces, accommodated about 255,000 trips in the last year alone.
This month, Lyft will also move the Citi Bike station from Adams and 11th Streets to Adams and 12th Streets near ResilienCity Park.
The Citi Bike program in Hoboken, which will include 30 docking stations with 675 docks once the new docking station on River Street is installed, is part of the larger Citi Bike system that also serves parts of Jersey City and New York City with more than 1,900 docking stations offering 30,000 bicycles to users systemwide. Since 2021, Citi Bike riders have taken 2,007,302 trips across Hoboken and Jersey City.
The Citi Bike expansion represents the City’s commitment to micromobility marking the latest investment in alternative modes of transportation around Hoboken Terminal. Last month, the City and the South Waterfront Corporation renovated the protected bikeway on Sinatra Drive from Newark Street to Fourth Street with a new anti-slip Endurablend surface, planted median, and 21 bicycle racks The City also installed a new bicycle and pedestrian counter at Newark Street and Sinatra Drive which tracks daily and yearly totals of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area.
Through the Sinatra Drive Redesign Project, the City will also build a protected bike lane from Fourth Street to Maxwell Place Park along Sinatra Drive, leading to major improvements in bicycle connectivity along the Hoboken waterfront. To learn more about the Sinatra Drive Redesign Project, go to www.hobokennj.gov/SinatraDriveRedesign.
Expanding the City's bike share program and bike infrastructure is also a key action item in the City's Climate Action Plan to help the reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the community's reliance on cars. To learn more about the City's Climate Action Plan, go to www.hobokennj.gov/climateactionplan.
To learn more about the City’s bike share program with Lyft, go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/bike-share.