Free Citi Bikes for frontline workers fighting COVID-19


It looks like New York City — and maybe even most of the country — has made it through the latest coronavirus surge. But Mayor Eric Adams still wants to make sure hospital workers can get a break after laboring around the clock. And he’s enlisted transportation department secretary Ydanis Rodriguez and Lyft to help.

Public and private hospital employees — including custodial workers and other support staff — can get a 60-day free membership with Citi Bike, so long as they sign up where they clock in before Feb. 7.

This isn’t the first time such a program has been offered to front-line workers. Mayor Bill de Blasio did it back in 2020, joined by 33,000 people who took 1.25 million rides.

The memberships include everything someone would get with an annual pass.

That includes unlimited 45-minute rides on classic bicycles — or discounted rates on e-bikes — and is available to anyone in the health care field, even if they have a previous lapse membership.

“Our health care heroes are fighting for New Yorkers every day, and this is one way that we can say thank you,” Adams said, in a release. “I know first hand that riding a bike is good for physical and mental health, and I would encourage all hard-working health care workers to take advantage if they can, keeping us rolling toward a real recovery for our city.”

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