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Citi Bike® Program Launches in Jersey City;  A New Affordable & Healthy Transportation Option For Residents Hits Town

Citi Bike Jersey City launched with a flourish on Monday, September 21st, with Mayor Steven M. Fulop joining Jay Walder, President & CEO of Motivate, funders and community supporters to cut the ribbon at the Citi Bike station in the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, bringing the 350-bike, 35-station system online.

Citi Bike Jersey City is fully supported by sponsorship and other revenues, making it the only bike share system in a mid-size city to operate without public funding. Citi is the Title Sponsor for the new system.

Four additional organizations – the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, SUEZ North America, CarePoint Health and Jersey City Medical Center–Barnabas Health have been named Founding Sponsors. An investment by Goldman Sachs will allow for the initial purchase of docking stations and bicycles.

Fully interoperable with New York City’s Citi Bike, the system allows those who commute or travel between the two cities to use their memberships in both independent systems.

"It's not very often that a city gets a completely new public transit system, a new way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active, and a new link to New York all at once, but that's what we have today with Citi Bike," said Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. "This is something that will connect every corner of the city. We have bike stations in every ward."

“Thanks to Mayor Fulop’s visionary leadership and the support of terrific sponsors, the Citi Bike program is now a seamless regional transportation network improving commutes on both sides of the
Hudson,” said Jay Walder, President & CEO of Motivate. “The launch of the Citi Bike program in Jersey City shows that bike share has become a critical component of healthy, sustainable and convenient urban living in cities of all sizes.”

The new system advances Mayor Fulop’s goal of making Jersey City ‘America’s best mid-size city' - providing a new, environmentally friendly, healthy and affordable 24/7 transportation option for the city’s residents and visitors, and making the city more welcoming to cyclists overall. Jersey City has already added 22 miles of bike lanes to the street grid over the past two years alone.

Jersey City residents can sign up for memberships at www.citibikejc.com. Pricing across New York and New Jersey are the same, with an annual membership cost of $149, discounted by $25 until the end of this month.

Members are entitled to unlimited use of the system for individual bike trips of up to 45 minutes. Members using the Citi Bike bikes for longer periods will be charged a graduated fee. There are also options for day and weekly memberships, for those visiting Jersey City or trying the system for
the first time.

Corporate memberships are also available. Any Jersey City employer that signs up by October 1st will be designated a charter member, with the opportunity to extend a 50% or 100% subsidy to every employee. Interested employers - and employees - can contact marketing@citibikejc.com for more information.

Several great local restaurants and cultural destinations will offer discounts to Citi Bike key holders through September 30th. 'Kitchen at Grove' will offer free coffee or tea on weekdays between 7:00am - 10:00am, while 'Mordi's Food Truck' and 'Who's Gluten Free' will both offer 10% discounts.

Many more Jersey City deals will come online through the month, to encourage residents to sign up for the service and invite New York members to explore all that Jersey City has to offer on Citi Bike. For a complete list of participating businesses, please visit the Citi Bike Jersey City Tumblr page.

Subsidized memberships of $60 per year will also be available— as they are in New York - for residents who meet certain income qualifications.

The average family with an annual income of less than $50,000 spends roughly 30 percent of their budget on transportation, statistics show. A $60 bike share subscription, Mayor Fulop believes, will provide families with affordable transportation.

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