Citi Bike Must Become a Five-Borough Bike Share, New Yorkers Say in New Poll

Expansion must include new protected bike lanes, respondents say in TransAlt survey

Citi Bike should expand to more neighborhoods and become a five-borough bike share system, New Yorkers say overwhelmingly in a new public opinion survey.

In the poll of nearly 900 likely voters conducted by Penn Schoen Berland Research and commissioned by Transportation Alternatives, nearly three quarters of respondents say they support bringing Citi Bike to more neighborhoods -- in all five boroughs.

“Citi Bike has been a big success everywhere it’s been rolled out, but most New Yorkers still don’t have bike share in their communities,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of the bike and street safety advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. “Now that Citi Bike has become firmly established as part of the city’s transportation system, it’s essential that we guarantee access for every New Yorker, and that we invest more in street redesigns, so our network of protected bike lanes will keep pace with the expansion of bike share."

Significant majorities of New Yorkers polled agree that street safety improvements need to keep pace with the growth of Citi Bike. 69 percent of likely voters citywide think the expansion of bike share should include the addition of protected bike lanes. Support is especially high among respondents under 35 (77 percent were in favor of adding protected bike lanes) and women (72 percent in favor), along with respondents who identified as Latino (73 percent support for new lanes) and Black (70 percent in favor).

"These poll numbers make it clear that the growth of Citi Bike and our lifesaving network of protected bike lanes is an equity issue,” White said. “We renew our call on Mayor de Blasio, the City Council and Citi Bike operator Motivate to make a public investment in station expansion and membership options for all low-income New Yorkers.”

Penn Schoen Berland conducted live telephone interviews from November 16-28, 2016 among 880 New York City likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent.

In the coming weeks, Transportation Alternatives will be releasing more responses from the Penn Schoen Berland poll, which examines New Yorkers’ views on a wide range of street safety issues, including Vision Zero street redesign elements like protected bike lanes, and traffic enforcement tools like speed safety cameras.