Jersey City Spearheads Free Public Bike Storage Network, Pioneering Eco-Friendly Transportation Infrastructure

Jersey City, under the auspices of Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Department of Infrastructure, has rolled out a free 24/7 secure public bike storage network, with the first two locations now active at the Danforth Avenue Light Rail Station and McGinley Square. This innovative initiative is an integral part of Jersey City’s broader mobility efforts to promote greener commuting alternatives and mitigate vehicular traffic.

The initiative’s core focus is offering free storage for bicycles and micromobility vehicles, courtesy of Brooklyn-based company, Oonee, and promises no cost to the city. The locations for these storage facilities have been strategically selected around Jersey City’s busiest transportation hubs to optimize access and convenience.

Since the adoption of Vision Zero in 2017, a first in New Jersey, Jersey City has developed more than 20 miles of protected bike lanes connected across the city. This, along with the recent expansion of CitiBike stations and the increased use of electric-powered devices, has catalyzed a significant surge in bicycle use and other alternate modes of transportation.

“Jersey City continues to be a frontrunner in fostering sustainability and transportation, by leveraging cutting-edge solutions and public-private partnerships,” Mayor Fulop said. He underscored the comprehensive nature of their approach, “This partnership with Oonee, alongside our initiatives like discounted ferry fares and free Via rides, ensures that we’re adequately addressing the community’s diverse mobility needs.”

“Equity remains a cornerstone of our transportation infrastructure planning,” Barkha Patel, Director of Jersey City’s Department of Infrastructure, added. “This program offers secure bike parking, often a barrier to bicycling for underserved communities, across all regions of the city.”

Apart from the initial two locations, the bike storage system will accommodate over 80 devices at the following locations: McGinley Square, Exchange Place, Washington & Montgomery Streets, Grove Street PATH Station, and Newport PATH Station. The initiative is set to expand to include 24 additional secure bike parking stations across the city, thereby providing all neighborhoods with this facility.

You can find more information about the secure bike storage initiative on the Oonee website.