Beginner tips for using Citibike in New York

Having a bike is great because it’s yours…to break, lose, and find one day that it’s been stolen — or, in my case, a hornet’s nest is growing in your bike basket (yeah, that happened, I’m from Florida). So what do you do? Get a Citibike membership, of course!

Here are some pro-tips to get you started:

  • Keep it under 45 minutes, or you’ll get fined. This is so people only have bikes out when they’re actively in use. If your ride is going to be longer than 45 minutes, dock your bike during the ride, wait two minutes, and check out a new one. If you go over, the fee is $2.50 per 15 minutes.
  • When you’re docking your bike, push it ~real good~. Make sure the dock beeps and lights up green so your ride is marked complete (you’ll also get an email from Citibike saying your bike was successfully docked). Otherwise, someone could steal it and you’ll get charged a $%# ton.
  • Make sure where you’re going has Citibike. It’s not in every neighborhood yet. You can use this app to find all the nearby docks, and it will even show how many bikes and open docks are available.
  • Sit comfortably. Adjust your seat to hip level. I’m 5’7″ and keep my seat at level 5.
  • Check out Citibike events. This past summer, they had a “Bike-in Movie” in Prospect Park. They even have a “DJ bike” for making organized rides even more of a party!
  • If you really like it, spring for the annual pass. It works out to $15 per month, whereas a day pass is $12.
  • Sign up with my referral to get a whole month free! Also, if you are a Citi Cardholder, you get 10% off. Use that as your payment method to save $$$$.

I love my Citibike experience so much and hope you will too! Please let me know if you have any questions or want to meet up for a ride. Come join my biker gang!


One thought on “Beginner tips for using Citibike in New York

  1. Very interesting, informative, and practical. Julianne really hits it on the head with her descriptive narrative on citibike. As a former New Jersey guy, I know the value of these secrets. Thanks Julianne.


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