Planning Begins for CitiBike in Hoboken, Hudson Bike Share in Jersey City

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CitiBikes in Jersey City. Photo via CitiBike.

A long-running bike-share war that has frustrated some Hudson County residents appears to have relaxed a bit, as the mayors of two prominent cities have started to talk about how to better integrate dueling systems and want to know what locals think.

Yesterday, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced that they are in discussions regarding the expansion of Hudson Bike Share into Jersey City and CitiBike’s addition into Hoboken. The potential move could include three new stations in each city, and both mayors are on board with the idea.

“As neighbors with shared borders, we want to provide our residents and visitors with more choices and access to the benefits of both programs,” Mayor Fulop said in a statement. Bhalla echoed the sentiment, saying that “expanding our bike share programs will create important links between Hoboken and Jersey City and improve the resiliency of our regional transportation system.”

The biker battle goes back to 2014 when Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken decided to launch Hudson Bike Share together. However, Jersey City backed out of the deal and instead installed CitiBike stations, which is the system that New York City uses.

Hoboken went ahead with the Hudson Bike Share launch anyway, and the war for bicycle supremacy got a little ugly. On Twitter last year, Mayor Fulop called on Hoboken’s mayoral candidates to consider adding CitiBike stations in the Mile Square City, saying it makes “zero sense” that they use a different system.

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Hudson Bike Share. Image via City of Hoboken.

Then late last year, Hudson Bike Share announced their expansion into North Bergen, West New York, Guttenberg, Weehawken, and Bayonne, which left Jersey City as the only waterfront municipality with CitiBike. But despite the past drama, it looks like headway towards some middle ground is on the way.

Hoboken has put out an online survey where members of the public are invited to provide input on possible locations for new bike share stations. All of Jersey City’s PATH stations plus Hoboken Terminal are options, as well as several light rail stations and a few parks. Residents can also suggest a spot of their own for the stations, which don’t currently have a timeline for being installed.


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    • I agree. JC should not install Hudson Bike Share stations. It’s redundant and would be a waste of space. Jersey City made the right move by installing CitiBike because residents who work/play in NYC can use the same membership.

      • Hudson Bike Share is dramatically less expensive and is better technology given that bikes don’t necessarily need to be slotted in their stations to be returned, although CitiBike has mitigated this issue somewhat at the popular stations by having crews picking up bikes and moving them elsewhere.

  1. This is ludicrous. I don’t care which they pick, but they need to pick one for all of Hudson County! I would ride a bike share to work everyday, but I live in Hoboken and work in JC.

    Other commenters seem to think Citi Bike makes more sense…sure, I don’t care. But to me Hudson Bike Share makes more sense because you can’t bike to NYC, but you could bike to Weehawken, Hoboken, etc.


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