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August 22, 2019

Dockless bikes headed for Coney Island and the Rockaways

May 25, 2018
Limebike is one of the dockless systems that wants to enter New York. (Tim Mena)

No bike docks — no problem.

City officials said Thursday that dockless bike-share companies will operate this summer in a few far-flung neighborhoods that don’t have Citi Bikes zipping by.

Starting in July, the city’s dockless bike-share pilot program will roll out in Coney Island and the Rockaways. Later in the summer, residents in the Bronx near Fordham University and Staten Island’s North Shore will get dockless bikes, giving the boroughs their first bike-share system. The city’s wants to put in 200 dockless bikes, some with a pedal-assist feature, for half-hour trips.

“We are bringing new, inexpensive transportation options to neighborhoods that need them,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.

A dozen bike share companies — including Citi Bike’s operator, Motivate — bid for the program. Limebikes, another dockless bike-share company looking to set up in New York, launched this week in Yonkers. The City Department of Transportation has yet to decide who will operate its program.

But the companies that bid for it cheered the city for putting bikes in new neighborhoods.

“On the fifth anniversary of Citi Bike, we are thrilled that the system’s success has helped spur more interest from the city and from New Yorkers for more bike share,” Citi Bike spokeswoman Julie Wood said.

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