Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is the Metro Editor for WNYC News. She has previously served as Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
The city’s Department of Transportation has been quietly shopping around close-to-final maps of locations for bike share stations to community boards in recent weeks.
Two community boards in Manhattan – CB 4, which includes Times Square and CB3, in the East Village – have been presented maps that show the sites, members told WNYC. The plans include two bike stands near Port Authority, several near Penn Station, at least one on Columbus circle, and a number on the far west side. The DOT is also looking to site several stations around Astor Place.
The city is refusing to release draft maps, saying it will do so in a few weeks times.
The DOT has several meetings planned for other community boards, including:
For the most part, community board leaders have been pleased with the mapping.
"I think they did an amazing job," said Susan Stetzer, District Manager of Community Board 3. "I don't understand why they won't share the information."
Wally Rubin, Manager of Community Board 5 in Midtown, which is still finalizing its maps, added "DOT very much wants bike share to succeed, and they're doing their darndest to take input and be careful.”
But the city has not put any of the meetings on its bike share website, and the DOT press office did not respond to repeated requests for information about the draft maps.
The bike share program is set to be up and running in July, with 10,000 bikes and 600 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.