Citi Bike Offers Discounted Membership To SNAP Recipients

July 17, 2018 - 4:37 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The more than 1.6 million New York City recipients of the SNAP food assistance now have access to a deeply-discounted Citi Bike membership.

Beginning Tuesday, those receiving SNAP will be eligible for a $5/month membership, which was previously only available to New York Housing Authority residents.

"Affordable bike share for more New Yorkers helps us build a fairer and more equitable city,” said Mayor de Blasio. "Improving mobility for SNAP recipients in our city will help them make ends meet by giving them greater access to jobs, services and educational opportunities."

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg added, "Today’s announcement of a new affordable Citi Bike membership for SNAP recipients helps to address the Mayor de Blasio’s goals for a more equitable city, by allowing thousands more New Yorkers to discover cycling -- a transit option that is healthy, affordable, and fun."

The new membership do not require an annual commitment like traditional memberships do and at $5 per month. offer a 66 percent discount off the traditional price. The membership includes rides on 12,000 bikes to more than 750 stations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Members will also be able to utilize bike share in Coney Island, where Citi Bike plans to begin a pilot of dockless bikes later this year.