By Jonathan Sperling
Ridgewood is the next stop for Citi Bike, as the cycle-share network expands further into Queens.
A total of 85 new stations will be added in Ridgewood, Bushwick and East Williamsburg beginning this month, Citi Bike announced Wednesday, though only 25 locations have been announced as of yet.
The expansion comes as part of Lyft’s plan to double the Citi Bike service area by 35 square miles over the course of the next several years, including along the L train route, which serves residents along the Brooklyn/Queens border.
“This expansion will help us build a more fair and equitable city for all New Yorkers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement earlier this summer. “Even more communities will have access to this low-cost, sustainable mode of transportation. With double the territory and triple the number of bikes over the next few years, Citi Bike will become an even better option for travel around New York City.”
Citi Bike did not provide the exact location of every station in Ridgewood that will be installed, but an expansion map revealed by Citi Bike confirms stations will be placed in an area bordered by Forest Avenue, Newtown Creek, Broadway and Broadway Junction.
Citi Bike states that residents can learn more about the bike share’s expansion into Ridgewood by speaking with an ambassador at Taste of Ridgewood, which will be held from 69-02 64th St. on Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Unlike in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Citi Bike has not reached far into Queen in the six years since its launch. Citi Bike stations currently exist in Long Island City and Astoria. Citi Bike also plans on expanding into the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan.
More than 90,000 rides were recorded on Citi Bikes in a single day earlier this month, beating previous ridership records.