Subway Delays Prompting More Citi Bike Trips?

March 31, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The New York University Rudin Center took a look at Citi Bike trip data on a mild-weathered September and found evidence of “reactionary biking.”

Namely, subway riders facing delays probably turned around and took a Citi Bike trip instead of waiting. 

The chart, put together by the Rudin Center and linepointpath.com, shows a correlation between increased delays (alerted) and increased Citi Bike trips. The delays charted do not account for unplanned service changes or overnight and weekend construction-related service changes.

Earlier this year, a Rudin Center report concluded that the proximity of Citi Bike stations to subway stations has been critical to the bike share program’s success, and effectively integrated the Citi Bikes into the city’s transportation network.

Below is a video put together by the Rudin Center and linepointpath.com visualizing Citi Bike trips over 48 hours: