Hoboken To Roll Out New Bike Share Program Next Month

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Hoboken is getting ready to hit the streets with its own bike share program, giving CitiBike a run for its money.

As 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis reported, the new “nextbike” program starting in September will be cheaper, high-tech and without those clumsy docking stations.

“We’ve got narrow streets and residential neighborhoods, and the docking stations just wouldn’t be appropriate,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

More than 200 bikes at 29 locations will be available across the 1-square-mile city, Dennis reported.

It will only cost $75 for the year for Hoboken residents who sign up before the launch.

Bike and Roll CEO Chris Wogas told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney they’re trying to get folks around Hoboken to bike more.

“What a great city for it. If you look around and you see the bikes everywhere, it really just fits,” he said. “You get unlimited 45-minute rides. Anything over 45 minutes, you pay for obviously.”

Wogas said the thing about Hoboken is “45 minutes gets you anywhere.”

But the new program won’t work for everyone. Eight-year-old Sienna Mello, who is just 4-feet-tall, is too short for the bikes.

“If they had a smaller version I could ride it, but it’s too big,” she said.

Mayor Zimmer still insisted it’s a win-win for residents.

“A very convenient way to get to everywhere that they want to go,” she said.

That includes neighboring towns of Jersey City and Weehawken with stations at the PATH and ferry terminals.

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