MAP: Where To Find Bike Share in Lower Manhattan

Friday, May 04, 2012 - 02:39 PM

As we've been reporting, New York City DOT is quietly presenting almost final maps of bike share stations.  (We've made an interactive map, showing how many bikes will be at each station, below.)

The City DOT isn't making it easy  -- to see their almost final maps of bike share stations, you have to physically attend a community board meeting.  Jim O'Grady did that -- took a bunch of cell phone photos of slides presented by the DOT -- and we've converted them into a map.

(We're missing a segment, one slide -- so sorry, the area just east of City Hall down to the river. We'll update as soon as we can.)

Some notable highlights:

* You can get pretty close to the World Trade Center -- about a block away -- but not in the security zone.

*There's one near Stuyvesant High School.

*There's one at the Wall Street Ferry dock, and a whole bunch by the Staten Island Ferry.

*There's one next to the Stock Exchange -- but it hasn't yet been approved by the Department of Homeland Security, which controls the area.


We'll be attending as many of these future meetings as we can -- if you go, send us photos! -- and continuing to map them, until the city DOT puts out its own maps.  These maps have yet to get final community board and city sign-off, though we've heard a generally positive reaction from community boards.

The New York Times has this map of midtown bike stations.

Here are the upcoming community board meeting:

  • Manhattan Community Board 1: May 3
  • Manhattan Community Board 2: Transportation Committee, May 8, Full Board, May 24 (DOT presentation not yet scheduled)
  • Manhattan Community Board 4: May 2 (vote on resolution on tentative map)
  • Manhattan Community Board 5: May 31
  • Manhattan Community Board 6: May 17
  • Manhattan Community Board 7: not yet scheduled
  • Brooklyn Community Board 2: information not yet available
  • Brooklyn Community Board 3: Full Board, May 7, Transportation Committee  May 8
  • Brooklyn Community Board 6: May 17 (tentative)

The program is slated to start in July -- with an annual pass costing $95, a weekly pass $25,  and a day pass for $10.  That gets you 45 minutes per ride, with an escalating scale upwards after that.


Comments [8]

tom murphy

Since Alta is footing the 'entire' cost I would think they would dictate the locations(to get max payback). The lesson from Washington, DC, (see Daddio report)is that political interference gets little ROI.

I can't help noticing desert around City Hall. Are city workers disabled? What about Pace University, a 'natural'? But of course they have left out CCNY & Columbia.

May. 07 2012 12:52 PM
Alex Goldmark

These are just the docks in one neighborhood. The full city-wide map has not been released.

May. 07 2012 08:19 AM

I realize that this is just the beginning, but I thought the point of bike sharing was to allow bikers to travel between different neighborhoods. It seems like these locations are just for people to ride around one small neighborhood downtown. Am I missing something? Wouldn't it make more sense to spread them out?

May. 07 2012 06:42 AM

DOT is going to community boards with lists and maps of "proposed" station locations; it's then up to the community boards to give thumbs up or down on individual locations. With that in mind, I can imagine why the DOT wouldn't release a system-wide map until more locations can be solidified. What's the point in getting people excited -- or angry -- about a bike share station that may or may not exist in the future?

Also, it should be noted that no department releases all that much information to the general public in advance of community board meetings. As much as it plays into a convenient narrative to paint the DOT as hiding something about bike share, simple checking into other big projects from DEP, DOE, Parks, and more would show that this is par for the course in city government.

Plus, all of this will be moot in about a week or two.

May. 05 2012 03:47 PM

Jesse, DOT has said that they expect to post all of the proposed locations within the next 10 days or so. The implication, to my mind, is that they're being secretive, which I don't think is anywhere near the truth. No city agency does more outreach or shares more information than DOT. See NYPD, for comparison.

May. 05 2012 11:10 AM
chris m

I wanted to attend that meeting but couldn't, thanks for the cool map. Looks like DOT did a good job putting bikes where the are likely to be used.

I hope homeland security approves one near the stock exchange. That area is flooded with tourists and office workers.

May. 05 2012 08:56 AM

Eric, I fail to see how providing more information circumvents community input. So long as they provide both online and in person, isn't more info a good thing?

May. 04 2012 04:29 PM

Andrea, if DOT "made it easy" by posting the maps before meeting with Community Boards, they'd be accused by the likes of NBBL and other anti-biking groups of circumventing community input. They should be given a break on this, no?

May. 04 2012 03:19 PM

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