July 22, 2021

Lyft, Hoboken offer reduced fare bike share memberships for Hoboken Housing Authority residents

Today, Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken joined Lyft to announce the launch of discounted Citi Bike memberships for Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients. 

“We have worked hard to provide affordable transportation options to our residents,” said Mayor Bhalla. “Citi Bike’s new reduced rate will help our residents most in need travel not only throughout Hoboken but throughout Jersey City and New York City. I want to thank Lyft for working with my administration to make these reduced rate memberships a reality.” 

For $60 a year, or $5 a month, Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients can join the Citi Bike program and take advantage of a unified bike share system interconnecting Hoboken, Jersey City, and New York City. 

Members will get unlimited 45-minute rides at no additional cost on classic bikes and charged $0.12 for every minute over the initial 45. For those who choose to pedal e-bikes, they will be charged $0.05 per minute for rides 45 minutes or less, but this fee will be capped at $3. After the initial 45 minutes, members will be charged $0.12 per minute. 

“The Hoboken Housing Authority would like to thank Citi Bike for offering a reduced rate for the residents of HHA,” said Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Marc Recko. “The reduced rate being offered by Citi Bike to the residents of the HHA will allow affordable access to HHA residents to all that our fine City has to offer. We are grateful to Citi Bike and to the City Administration for making this essential transportation alternative easily available to the residents of HHA.” 

Earlier this year, Hoboken joined Jersey City to launch the unified bike share system, which allows residents to more easily travel between the two cities. 

Three stations are already installed near Hoboken Housing Authority properties including, Ninth Street and Clinton Street, at the Mama Johnson Field near Fourth and Jackson streets, and at Willow Avenue and 12th Street.  

To sign up for a reduced fare bike share membership, Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients must be 16 years old or older and they must submit a photo of the Hoboken Housing Authority ID for verification. SNAP recipients must submit their EBT card number for Verification. 

Once signed up, members will automatically be billed $5 monthly through a debit or credit card. 

They will receive an email notification five days before their next monthly renewal charge and they can cancel anytime without penalty. 

To sign up, go to hobokennj.gov/citibikediscount.

Those who are not Hoboken Housing Authority residents or SNAP recipients can still join for $15 a month or $179 annually.

To join, go to https://www.citibikenyc.com/nj. 

To learn more about the City’s bike share system, go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/bike-share. 

Additional Citi Bike stations will be coming online in Hoboken in the coming weeks.