A revealing report on how Citi Bike serves the city was published this week and it showed inequities in who gets to ride. A NY Daily News article says the study shows that the bike-sharing program prioritizes higher income areas over low income and minority-heavy areas.
The research indicated that the median household income in Citi Bike neighborhoods is $90,400, as opposed to $54,700 in excluded areas. It also claims that Citi Bike underserves New Yorkers of color by more than half.
So-called transit deserts are also largely left out: only 3.8% of residents more than half a mile from the subway have access to Citi Bike.
The differences between who gets to use Citi Bike and who doesn’t are so stark that a Bronx council member equated the situation to a form of redlining.
The study was ordered by New York Communities for Change and written by the School of Urban Planning at McGill University.