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42 Bike Share Docks for Lower Manhattan Revealed in Semi-Public Rollout

Thursday, May 03, 2012 - 09:08 PM

Slide showing the location of several planned bike share docks in Lower Manhattan. (Photo by Jim O'Grady)

(New York, NY - WNYC) The New York City Department of Transportation continues to show community boards in Brooklyn and Manhattan where it's planning to install Bike Share stations in those boroughs.

NOTE: WE'VE TURNED THIS INTO AN INTERACTIVE MAP, VIEW IT HERE.

NYC DOT has promised to post a map of the entire system online once it's done. But the department is sticking by its refusal to release the draft maps, though it's supposed to have the actual program up in running by mid-July, a mere 10 weeks from now.

There is a way to glimpse what the city has in mind, and that's to go to a community board meeting and sit through the department's presentation of bike share locations. Hence our presence, with cell phone camera, at Thursday night's meeting of Community Board 1's Planning and Infrastructure Committee.

We photographed five slides, like the one above, that show where the bike share docks would go around Lower Manhattan. By our count, CB 1 will hold 42 of them.

The locations were whittled down through a series of meetings with department staff and community board members. Kate Fillin-Yeh, director of New York City Bikeshare, said any proposed location that had been red-flagged in a previous meeting did not make the cut.

Of the 42 that remain, twelve would require the removal of parking spaces--"three or four" per location, according to Fillin-Yeh. The stations would also be installed on street sites not used for parking, sidewalks, parks and plazas, and private property.

She said the department tried to spread the the bike docks evenly throughout Lower Manhattan, and place them near subway stations, large institutions like New York Law School, and tourist sites like south Street Seaport and the boat to the Statue of Liberty.

Board members reacted positively to the plan, with some praising the DOT for the way it has run its consultation with the community. The plan will be presented to the full board in the coming weeks.

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Comments [3]

Adam L

@Matthias

We found exactly the opposite in D.C. Transit access and density are what make the system thrive. Stations that have been placed in the outer areas, intended to help serve people who are greater distances from transit receive just a small fraction of users.

May. 13 2012 09:57 PM
Matthias

How interesting that the program is being launched in the area with the greatest walkability and transit density in the city. Bikeshare would be much more useful uptown and in borough neighborhoods with greater distances from transit.

May. 04 2012 11:35 AM
Steve O.

Some people will probably complain about parking spaces, but remember this is actually an increase in the number of parking spaces (made possible by only allowing smaller vehicles to park there.)

It wouldn't surprise me if 10 times more people will make use of these spaces each day, once the bikes go in.

May. 04 2012 10:58 AM

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