From the citibike blog today: Expansion! Woo hoo! Things are changing following Alta Bicycle Share’s takeover:
- Our system will double in size by 2017.
- New neighborhoods will be added to our system beginning in 2015.
- By the end of 2017 we will have 6,000 additional bikes and over 375 new stations.
On the other hand, the price is going up:
Our Annual Membership rate will change to $149/year.
We are adjusting prices to more accurately reflect the cost of providing the service and safety that our customers need and deserve. Citi Bike has proven wildly popular. During our peak season our bikes are ridden on average six times per day. That’s more than any other bike share system in the world.
This popularity is great news for the health and vibrancy of our city, but it has also taken a toll on our ability to balance and service the bikes. With new leadership, fresh capital and a membership rate change, we believe we can meet these challenges and provide you with the kind of bike share system you deserve.
Meanwhile, back in Vancouver … (sigh).