Citi Bike Safety Class Expands Ahead of Upper East Side Roll Out

Incentives Offered to Riders Who Complete Free 90-Minute Citi Bike Safety Class

New York, NY – Citi Bike riders, already among the safest in the city, are about to get safer thanks to incentives for riders who complete a free 90-minute bike safety class offered monthly by Council Member Ben Kallos in his district office. Funded by Citi Bike and taught by Bike New York, the class teaches riders how to use the bike share system, the rules of the road, and how to bike safely. At initial classes this summer, offered as part of a new Bike Safety Program, participants who completed the 90-minute course received a 24-hour day pass for Citi Bike. This program has been expanded to offer a free month on an annual membership for existing members.

“As Citi Bike expands we are working to make sure that these riders will be among the safest people on the road by offering a free 90-minute safety class with a free day pass or month for those who participate,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, a founding member of Citi Bike. “Thank you to Citi Bike for their partnership, commitment to safety, and investing in educating their riders.”

Council Member Ben Kallos will be offering residents a discount on signing up for Citi Bike’s bike share in addition to the month free or day pass for completing a free bike safety class offered in his office monthly.

After more than 18 million rides as of last summer without any fatalities, and a very low rate of 10.5 collisions per million trips, Citi Bike has become one of the safest modes of transportation. In contrast, New York State had 1,121 fatal car crashes in 2013 alone, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute.

"We're pleased to partner with Council Member Kallos and Citi Bike and offer free bike safety classes to Upper East Siders,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York.  “As Citi Bike continues to expand, providing more New Yorkers with this healthy, carbon-free, convenient, and fun transportation opportunity, it’s essential that cyclists have the knowledge and confidence to ride safely on the streets of New York -- thus helping to ensure our shared goals of Vision Zero are achieved.”