CITI BIKES. Although their logo is Unlock – Ride – Return, it’s ain’t so simple. Most of the time, I have to try my card a couple of times or change docks – which turns out to be a bit frustrating. That being said, the moment I do unlock this baby, I forget all about the hassle it takes to get one – So be patient. You don’t need to learn the hard way like I did, here is everything you need to know.
- Find a Citi bike station kiosk.
- After selecting the number of bikes you’d like to rent (Max of 2 per person), swipe your card (You can use international cards) and enter all your information on the screen.
- Pricing: It’s 10 bucks for a day pass and 27.5 bucks for a seven day access pass.The bank will hold a deposit of 100 dollars. I suggest you try the day pass and if you like it, consider having an annual membership as it’s only 100 bucks per year.
- You will be given a 5 digit ride code that you will need to enter after selecting your bike from the dock. The code expires after 5 minutes.
- Return your bike every 30 minutes and slip your card again in order to request a new code. Make sure you lock your bike in properly! For annual members its every 45 min and you get a unique key. A trip begins when a bike is unlocked and ends when a bike is securely returned to any Citi Bike station.
- Be aware of the overtime fees. 24 hours and 7 days access passes: After the initial 30 minutes, it’s an additional $4 for the second half hour, $9 for the third half hour, and $12 for every half hour after that. Annual Memberships: After the initial 45 minutes, it’s an additional $2.50 for the following half hour, $6.50 for the next half hour, and $9 for every half hour after that.
- Don’t forget to obey the traffic laws.
Although these bikes are made for short trips around NYC, I decided to have a little adventure and bike to Brooklyn. I took the Manhattan bridge on my way there and the Brooklyn bridge on my way back. I enjoyed riding on the Manhattan bridge as it’s solely reserved for cyclists. I’d opt for the Brooklyn bridge on a less crowded day in order to enjoy the scenery.