Restoration and Citi Bike to Host June 23rd “Birthday Bike Bash”
May 31st - Citi Bike turned 5 this year! Since its first stations went live in 2013, Citi Bike has grown to become the largest bike share system in the country with more than 12,000 bikes and 750 stations in three boroughs of New York City. They celebrated with a grand affair in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on May 27th.
Restoration’s Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President of Programs attended the celebration and shared how access to bike share improves community health outcomes. “Since the very beginning, Restoration has championed the expansion of bike share in Bed-Stuy and other neighborhoods throughout New York City because we were confident of Citi Bike’s potential to improve the physical, mental, and financial health of community residents and connect them to community, services and economic opportunities,”
Council Member Cornegy remarked that Citi Bike “has provided a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation for as many riders as possible. We are fortunate to have such a great promoter of community health amongst us. I look forward to many more years of Citi Bike service.”
Over the next five weeks the birthday celebrations will continue with community rides in partnership with neighborhood organizations throughout the City. Restoration is hosting the June 23rd ride, which will start at 11am at the Myrtle Ave & Marcy Ave Citi Bike Station. The ride will be co-hosted by Citi Bike, New York City Councilmember Robert Cornegy Jr. and Restoration employee Derek Moore, who will also be coincidentally celebrating his own birthday on the same day.
Restoration is committed to bringing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to all residents of Central Brooklyn regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code. Community Bike Rides resumes summer rides on June 2nd. With a ride hosted by bike share advocate Kweli Campbell, starting from the Marcy Playground Citi Bike Station.