Electric Citi Bikes were pulled off the streets last year after some were found to have malfunctioning brakes that caused some people to launch over the handlebars.
The bikes have since been upgraded, and starting Wednesday were reintroduced to stations in the city. These e-bikes need no special training — the electricity starts up as you pedal. Citi Bike members are charged 10 cents per minute extra to use them, with charges capped at $2 if the ride starts or finishes outside Manhattan. Electric bikes show up on the Citi Bike map with a lightning bolt next to them.
The city also announced it will add 10 miles of protected bike lanes in Manhattan. That includes finishing the Central Park West lane, which currently runs from 59th to 77th Street. That section of the lane was built quickly in the fall, before the city stopped construction.
Upper West Siders will also benefit from a lane that’s being completed on 6th Avenue between Central Park and Herald Square — a key link for people heading uptown on 6th who want more protection for cars.
Planned protected bike lanes include:
• 6th Avenue/Midtown
• Central Park West/Upper West Side
• 5th Avenue/Harlem
• St. Nicholas Avenue/Washington Heights
• Manhattan Waterfront/Lower East Side/Lower Manhattan
• Queensboro Bridge Connectors
• TBD Crosstown lanes/Midtown
— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) February 19, 2020