Last Friday, city officials celebrated the first dockless bicycles to arrive on the peninsula as part of the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s pilot program.
Starting this week, riders can use the Lime or Pace apps to rent bikes to ride in the Rockaways.
“People have voted with their feet, or with their pedals, and you’ve seen the amazing ridership over the last years on bike sharing all over this city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have participated, their lives have become better. We want to keep adding to that.”
Pace will have 200 brightly colored bikes available to rent, while Lime will have 100 regular bikes and 100 pedal-assist bikes by July 28.
Each bike rental costs one dollar per 30-minute ride. The pedal-assist bikes cost a dollar to unlock and 15 cents per minute.
“I can tell you having sampled the product, it’s easy, it’s fun,” de Blasio said. “Get a little exercise, get out there, enjoy what these dockless bikes have to offer.”
Each rider must remain within the Rockaways pilot area when using the bikes. When done riding, users should follow the instructions for locking the bicycles, including parking them at a bike rack or on the sidewalk.
They should not be left on the street, parked on the boardwalk or blocking sidewalks, intersections or driveways, officials warned.
The bike share pilot program will expand to Staten Island, central Bronx and Coney Island in Brooklyn by the end of the year. During the pilot, DOT will evaluate the companies’ safety, availability and durability of the bikes, as well as compliance with data accessibility and user privacy requirements.
All of the new dockless bike systems will operate outside of the Citi Bike’s regions in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
“Obviously with 10 miles of beach, of sun, of the wonderful restaurants, of all the things you can do here, biking is going to be terrific,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who took a bike ride with the mayor. “I like to come out here myself, so I can hardly wait to try.”