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CitiBike adds 1,000 re-designed bikes to bike share program

The new bikes, designed by Olympic racing bike designer, will be sleeker and have better gears for urban riding, according to the company.

A couple renting CitiBikes at a station near Union Square.Stan Honda/Getty Images

New York's bike share program will get an additional 1,000 bikes this month, with another 1,400 to be added during the program's expansion in Brooklyn and Queens later this year.

The new bikes will be designed by Olympic racing bike designer Ben Serrota. They will feature a sleeker design, gears that will be more useful for urban biking, and a more durable kick stand. The seat will feature a drainage hole to prevent rain damage - also making them more comfortable for riders, according to the designer.

“You’re being supported in areas you need to be supported,”Serrota told the Daily News.

The announcement comes a few weeks after the program attracted criticism for having a backlog of repairs, with 900 broken bikes in the system as thesummer weather began to kickin across the city.

New Yorkers can expect to see the first of the new bikes within a week, according to the Daily News.

CitiBike's parent company was taken over in October last year, amidstissues with software, equipment and maintenance of the bikes.

The new bikes are part ofCEO Jay Walder'splans to address CitiBike's issues and expand its services.

"I want to make Citi Bike as good as it can be. I want to make it what everyone in New York wants it to be," Walder told Crain's New York after taking over.

 

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