Jersey City’s New Bike-Share System Will Be Open to Citi Bike Members

Jersey City bike-share is expected to launch in the spring. The city is currently striping 31 miles of bike lanes. Photo: ##https://labikas.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/new-jersey-city-bike-lanes-on-fulton-and-woodlawn/##Joe Linton##
Jersey City bike-share, which Citi Bike members will be able to access, is expected to launch in the spring. The city began striping new bike lanes in 2013. Photo: Joe Linton

Jersey City is preparing to launch a bike-share program this year that will be compatible with Citi Bike, according to an announcement yesterday from Alta Bicycle Share. Jersey City lawmakers awarded Alta the contract to operate the system on Monday.

The new system “will have reciprocal membership privileges with New York’s Citi Bike system,” Alta says, so if you belong to one system you can also use the other.

With an anticipated June start-up date, the Jersey City system will initially have around 350 bikes and 35 docking stations, with expansion down the line if the system proves popular. Alta expects to sign up 5,000 annual members by the end of the year. The pricing scheme will be similar Citi Bike’s.

Alta hasn’t announced yet who will sponsor the Jersey City system, but like Citi Bike, the new program will not be subsidized. The other interesting question is which hardware and software Alta will choose. It’s safe to assume that Jersey City won’t be getting the same buggy platform that Alta is looking to replace in New York.

One intriguing possibility would be to opt for something compatible with the Smart Bike system that Hoboken and Weehawken plan to roll out in the spring. Those cities opted for a “smart-lock” platform, allowing users to drop off their bikes anywhere in the service area instead of specific docking stations. Using compatible technology in Jersey City could lead to a more useful bike-share network throughout Hudson County.

Jersey City is working toward making its streets at least somewhat safer for cycling. As Streetsblog reported in 2013, Mayor Steven Fulop’s predecessor Jerramiah Healy failed to act on the city’s bike plan. But under Fulop, who rides a bike himself, Jersey City is in the process of striping 31 miles of bike lanes.

“Jersey City has one of the fastest growing biking populations and a community who utilizes bikes and mass transit for commuting to and from work,” said Fulop in the press release. “We anticipate this program will be one of the most-used in the nation and will develop a national model for a regional, urban bike share system.”

  • Charlie Patel

    I thought Jersey City and Hoboken were launching a bike share system together? Doesn’t make a lot of sense to have two separate systems. Any word on whether Hoboken’s system will be compatible with Citibike?

  • Robert Napiorski

    Jersey City decided to abandon the partnership with Hoboken and Weehawken because there were concerns over financing and the technology. Jersey City decided to go with NYC because it wants to further connections and commerce between the two cities and make it easier for NYC residents to come here and vice versa. From what I hear Hoboken’s won’t be but like the article says, it maybe if there system goes that route.

  • Even though Jersey City has great potential for cycling, it’s newly installed bike infra is wanting. Columbus Blvd has 4 foot wide doorzone bike lanes nest to 7 foot parking stalls. Ouch!

  • Joe Linton

    Woot! Woooot! Great to see my old stomping grounds getting bikier!

  • Joe Linton

    Are you sure they’re 4′? I think they’re supposed to be 5′ next to parking.

  • Must confess I saw them from behind the windshield but they looked VERY narrow. Most of the parked cars’ left wheels touched the right bikelane line.

  • cyclinginfo

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    jersey
    Informative article.
    Thanks for the info.

  • cyclinginfo

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    jersey
    The concept is very unique .I really got impressed reading this .
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