On Monday, June 11, the Jersey Bike program, a bike sharing service, was launched in front of City Hall in Bayonne. Mayor Davis, City Council Members, and other City officials joined representatives of P3 Global Management, the operator of the bike program, for the launch.
Jersey Bike will enable bicyclists to pick up and drop off bikes in several different towns and cities across New Jersey. It represents an expansion of Hudson Bike Share, which was already operating in Bayonne, Hoboken, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Weehawken, and West New York. The Jersey Bike program will connect Bayonne to other cities. Jersey Bike has a single membership for the entire state, enabling members to use the system in any participating community
By the end of the year, Jersey Bike will have approximately 900 bikes in Hudson County. According to Carlos Pujol, CEO of P# Global Management, “Bikes are sturdy,” and are able to handle unevenly paved roads.
The company plans to deploy the bikes in stages, beginning with conventional bikes, and expanding later to include pedal-assist, an electric bike.
Speaking at the launch event, Mayor Jimmy Davis said he welcomed the expansion of the bike program to Bayonne. He described this type of program as representing “the future of bikes.” Mayor Davis said the bike sharing program “makes it easier” for apartment-dwellers to use bikes, because they do not have to worry about storing bikes in their limited space at home. He said that Jersey Bike is “a thing of the future” that will help “bring Bayonne up to where we should be.”
City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski said, “People have asked for” this kind of bike program. She said it was great to “go through parks on bikes.” Council Members Ashe-Nadrowski, Juan Perez, Sal Gullace, and Tom Cotter went on a test drive on new bikes at the launch event.
Mr. Pujol said his company was “born in New Jersey.” He said that Jersey Bike is “privileged to serve” the community, and that it has “deployed to a number of other cities.” He said that his company “gets a kick” out of providing the bike service, which he described as being “easy to use.” A participating bicyclist can park the bike at a bike station, and ride from station to station. He described Jersey Bike as “a community initiative” that is “in touch with residents and visitors.”
The managing partner of the program, P3 Global Management– a subsidiary of European Parking & Smart Mobility leader EYSA – has collaborated with the City of Bayonne and nextbike to provide the bike share system at no cost to the city or tax payers.
There are six initial locations for the bike program in Bayonne:
- Bayonne City Hall (West 27th & Avenue C)
- Community Pool (Country Village Ct. & West 16th)
- Little League (JFK Blvd. & West 1st)
- Park Bayonne Residence (JFK Blvd. & West 44th)
- Barnabas Bayonne Medical Center (Broadway & West 24th Street)
- 45th Street Light Rail (Ave E. & East 45th/45th St. Light Rail)
Additional locations will be announced in the future.
Riders can download the nextbike app and register for a user account. The user will enter credit card information into the app and use this app to unlock and lock bikes by scanning the QR code on the bicycle. Users will use the map in the app to locate the closest available bicycle or station.
“We are extremely excited to launch bike share in Bayonne” said Carlos Pujol. “More people riding bikes will add to the economic vitality and livability of Bayonne, helping to decrease traffic congestion and pollution.”