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.
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.