New York City’s Electric Bike Showcase Will Be Free To Ride Until 2030
New York city is hoping to kickstart its electric bike showroom by releasing a new electric bike program that will be free to ride until 2030.
In a statement released Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s bike showrooms would open from January, 2018 to January, 2020.
They will offer a wide variety of electric bikes ranging from $30,000 to $600,000.
The showrooms will be located on city streets, including in Midtown Manhattan, the Brooklyn borough, Queens and Staten Island.
The City Council has not yet voted on the pilot program.
De Blasio’s statement does not specify how many bicycles will be offered.
It was announced in December, when the city began testing a pilot program in the city.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said the program will include bike racks, stations and charging stations, and will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 per rider.
The spokesperson also said there would be an additional 10 bikes available for free to riders.
“The city’s program will provide affordable access to a variety of transportation options, including electric bikes, to help people find more affordable ways to get around New York,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
The city is currently one of only three U.S. cities without a full electric bike network.
The program was launched in 2016, but the city is not yet operating a full fleet.
The pilot program will be the first to operate without a dedicated electric bike fleet, which has been underutilized.
In the past, electric bike owners have complained about the lack of charging stations.
A recent poll by the advocacy group BikeNY found that 74 percent of respondents said they would prefer to have their bikes charged at home than on the road.
The New York Times reported that the city will be testing electric bikes at its electric bus fleet, the New York Transit Authority, and its new bike-sharing program, which began in 2017.