From lawsuits to safety audits, Citi Bike hasn't had the easiest two years since the bike-share system launched in May of 2013. But its new chief Jay Walderwhom some may remember as the MTA chairmanreassured riders that positive changes are afoot. The network was out of commission over part of the weekend to prepare for software improvements that will ultimately result in proper real-time tracking of bikes and where they are docked. The revamped app will update every 10 seconds.
Another fix: tuning up the wheels themselves. Walder said 4,253 bikes out of the existing 6,000 have been spruced up mechanically, with new seats, pedals, and brakes. The remaining 1,750 or so are due to get upgrades by summer. Next, expansion. Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bedford-Stuyvesant are set to get a total of 90 new stations, which will be in place sometime during the second half of the year. Now if only it would stop snowing.
· Citi Bike Gets a Software Update Ahead of Planned Expansion [WSJ]
· All Citi Bike coverage [Curbed]