MAP: New York City Sites 420 Bike Share Locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:15 AM

New York City has made live its draft maps of bike share stations.  The stations dot all of Manhattan south of Central Park,  Long Island City,  Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant,  Fort Greene,  and Clinton Hill. (See here, for why they won't be in other neighborhoods.)

The full maps are here and explanation of costs here.

The bike share docking stations will extend the reach of the transit system to the far East and West sides of Manhattan, as well as  northern Williamsburg and Greenpoint, which are currently underserved by the subway system.

In those neighborhoods, riders will be able to take a bike share to the 7 train in Long Island City or the L in Williamsburg.   Now, those riders have to take an impossibly long walk, or take the G to either of those trains.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show that bike share is designed to  expand the transit system -- not for recreation. "So you rent a bike, go to work, leave the bike when you get to work, pick it up when you get out of work, leave it when you get home," the Mayor said.

Neighborhoods that currently have no transit connections could be accessed through bike share.  The growing population center of  Williamsburg will be connected now to  and Downtown Brooklyn, as well as Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Still unconnected: Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights as well as the Upper West & Upper East sides.  Those neighborhoods will have to wait until 2013.

"I'm extremely proud to release this plan for the Citi Bike network . New Yorkers created this plan during the past six months, contributing time and expertise in workshops, on-line and in dozens of meetings to discuss and plan the City's newest transportation system," said New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Meanwhile, a new poll shows New Yorkers approve of bike share by a more than two to one margin.  Support has slipped slightly since the program was first announced last October.

The DOT says the "draft maps are the product of hundreds of meetings with community boards, elected officials, members of the public and stakeholders in each district, as well as from some 70,000 station location suggestions and comments on DOT’s bike share Web site," adding that the maps have been presented to local council members and "DOT is currently in the process of reviewing the maps with local community boards in the service area."

For the most part, community board leaders say they've been delighted with the siting process.

The locations are on "wide or underused sidewalks," as well as road space that is current "No Standing" or "No Parking."

Citibike will launch in July, and will cost $95 a year or $9.95 a day to join.  Annual members can ride any bike they want for up to 45 minutes a ride, then usage fees kick in, starting at $2.50 for up to 75 minutes and $9.00 for up to 115 minutes.

Daily members get 30 minutes of free riding, with an hour costing $4 and 90 minutes costing $13.

The DOT cautions:  "Citi Bike is transportation, not recreation. It is designed for short trips and encourages users to return bikes quickly so that others can use them...Think of Citi Bike as a taxi cab: Get one, get there, then dock it. See attached maps for indications of the kind of rides Citi Bike can be used for."


Comments [8]


Why all the bike-bashing? I can't imagine that thousands of clean, quiet, small cycles will cause the kind of damage that noisy, dirty, street-clogging cars and trucks do. Realistically, we need both, but the balance has been tilted toward the latter for so long that it is going to take awhile for bicycle infrastructure to catch up. Bike lanes, paths, racks and bikeshare are all important parts of a comprehensive transportation system.

May. 16 2012 03:48 PM

"Still unconnected: Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights as well as the Upper West & Upper East sides."

Don't forget Harlem--we're waiting.

May. 16 2012 01:56 PM

I agree Danny.
Pick it up yourself and ban
delivery bikes. And please
restrict bike lanes to parks
please. The thought of unleashing
10K bikes on the street is a bit
Mao-ish and I, like Dorothy, am
a horrified pedestrian at the thought.
Please summon Thor and bust up all those
concrete things at the crosswalks.
Some have trees in them (trees, in the
middle of the streets?). I never figured
out why pedestrian needed yet another
obstacle to cross the street. Why are
they there? Please, tear up the bike lane
on Columbus Avenue first. Columbus Avenue
is a commercial street, not a bucolic
bike path. The noise and air quality have
gone much to the minus side since Scott
Stringer stuffed this nuisance to the
residents of the Avenue. It is a path to
nowhere. If bike riders needed a way to
get to work in the morning, I support having
the first and last car on the subways as
bike preferred/no seat spaces. It could have been done at little costs. BTW, how much did the bike paths costs? The city
is getting ready to cut the library to the barest of bone; an agency that provides services to ALL New Yorkers; yet it continues to increase
bike paths where they are not wanted nor needed at huge cost just to serve the Spandex set on their Johnny Locos. And, to the tourists, if you
want to get from A to B in the city, we
have a 24/7 transportation system that does not cost 9.95 an hour. Take the train. Take the bus. And allow the pedestrians to cross
the street with tiny bit more peace and safety.

May. 15 2012 01:44 PM

Thank goodness hipster nation hasn't come to the Bronx and probably never will. Manhattan will soon be known as West Williamsburg.

May. 15 2012 12:04 PM
Steven Romalewski

We've mapped how close the proposed bike share kiosks are located in proximity to subway and bus transit:

May. 15 2012 11:42 AM

If I were appointed dictator to replace Mike B., I'd outlaw cars.

Can you guys tweet my comment?

May. 12 2012 06:36 PM


Funny that delivery people's riding is awful enough to complain about on the internet, but not awful enough for us to go to the restaurant and pick it up ourselves.

May. 12 2012 03:15 PM

It's a wonderful life! I'm already dodging delivery guys going the wrong way on an avenue and on the sidewalk of cross streets. Now I'll be able to show my skills by dodging tourists on bikes who don't know where the h*ll they're going and/or are looking at the
Flatiron Building instead of watching pedestrians and buses and trucks.
If I were appointed dictator to replace Mike B., I'd outlaw bikes.

May. 12 2012 12:08 PM

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