JERSEY CITY - Good neighbors share. That's the message coming out of Hoboken and Jersey City today, after years of head-scratching over the two cities incompatible bike share programs.
Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop are currently peddling/pedaling a plan for a combined bike share program that would make two-wheeled transit between the adjacent Hudson County municipalities a lot easier.
“Both Hoboken and Jersey City are leaders in advancing alternative transportation options, and we are thrilled to partner together to utilize the same regional bike share program for our cities,” said Mayor Bhalla and Mayor Fulop in a joint statement. “Now, more than ever, a greater number of people are relying on shared transportation for essential services, employment, and more, and a regional approach will substantially improve the quality of life for all of our residents. And, as our communities continue to adapt to COVID-19, this coordinated effort will provide residents and visitors with healthy, socially distanced alternatives to mass transit.”
Currently, Hoboken utilizes Jersey Bike, while Jersey City uses Citi Bike. According to today's announcement, both cities have committed to selecting the same bike share company and will release a request for proposal (RFP) from interested companies who could roll out a combined program later this year.
Both Jersey City and Hoboken have made considerable investments in bike-friendly infrastructure over the past few years, as part of a Vision Zero initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety while decreasing dependence on automobiles within their respective, densely populated municipalities.
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