Electric bikes are all the rage these days, and they’re now available at several Citi Bike stations in the city.
The e-bikes can be docked at any Citi Bike station, so there’s no guarantee that they’ll be available at local stations at any given moment. But they’ve been seen often around the neighborhood in recent days. To find an electric Citi Bike, look for the lightning bolt symbol on your Citi Bike map, as seen at left.
The motors on the “pedal-assist” bikes are engaged when the rider starts pedaling. They can go up to 18 miles per hour.
Throttle-powered e-bikes that can often go faster than 20 mph — the kind used by many delivery workers — are still illegal in the city.
So far there are just 200 total electric Citi Bikes on the streets, but the company behind Citi Bike plans to add 1,000 more e-bikes once the L train shuts down next year.