The Peninsula City launched its bike-share program on Monday, providing residents a new way to get around the city.
Mayor Jimmy Davis and members of the City Council introduced the new program outside City Hall, at one of program’s six pick-up/drop-off locations.
“The City of Bayonne is very happy to welcome the bike-share program to our community,” Davis said. “It will provide a convenient transportation option for our residents and visitors. We are glad to work with the program to provide several bike locations throughout our city.”
Along with the City Hall station, there are also locations near RWJBarnabas Health at Bayonne, Hudson County Park, Dennis P. Collins Park, the 45th Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station and the 16th Street Park.
The city and Hudson Bike Share, which will operate the program, also have plans to establish two additional stations — one near the 8th Street light rail station, and one on the former Military Ocean Terminal.
“We’re trying to get them as close to the light rail stations as possible,” said city Business Administrator Joe DeMarco. “If you put it by a major bus station or a light rail station, the usage increases.”
Residents will be able to rent the roughly 60 bikes in Bayonne on a 30-minute interval for $2, plus tax.
Riders will also have the option of buying a monthly membership ($12.95 ,plus tax) or an annual membership ($95 plus tax), where the customer is entitled to unlimited 45-minute trips at no charge.
All three options include a $3 surcharge for every additional 30 minutes.
Cyclists can use the program’s app or a key card to unlock bicycles at any of the stations in the system. Once rented, the rider will be given a code to unlock the bike and begin their 30- or 45-minute ride.
Users can register online or download the nextbike app. Payment at the station is limited to credit and debit.
The city initially went out to bid for a program in February 2017, and in March of that year awarded the 5-year contract to P3GM, the company operating the Hudson Bike Share program.
The company operates bike-share programs in Hoboken, Weehawken, West New York, Guttenberg and North Bergen. It also has a trial period with the NJ State Park Service at Liberty State Park, according to a spokesperson for the company.
Cyclists hoping to get around Hudson County will be able to leave their bikes at any of the operating terminals managed by Hudson Bike Share.
Since its inception in October 2015, Hudson Bike Share has provided over 400,000 rides to over 24,000 users, according to the company.
The city, meanwhile, said it has plans to establish bike lanes on city streets “depending on the success of the program,” DeMarco said.