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.
UPDATED WITH MORE INFORMATION ON COMMUNITY BOARD MEETINGS.
In recent weeks, the New York City Department of Transportation has been quietly presenting close-to-final maps of locations for bike share stations to community boards. Community Board 4 -- including Times Square and points west, Community Board 3, in the East Village, and Community Board 2 in Lower Manhattan have seen the maps.
In Community Board 4, the city is looking to put two bike docks near Port Authority, several near Penn Station, at least one on Columbus circle, and a number on the far west side. In Community Board 3, the DOT is looking to site several stations around Astor Place, a popular spot for bar and restaurant patrons, close to NYU and several subway stops.
The city is refusing to release draft maps, saying it will do so in a few weeks time. (The New York Times wisely snapped a picture of the CB 4 map, you can find it here.)
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. People feel good about being asked for input."
Community Board 2's transportation committee saw and approved its maps, but the full board wouldn't approve the locations until a map is available for the full board, and sent the resolution back to committee. The transportation committee meets next on May 7th.
The city has not put any of the meetings on its bike share website. DOT did not explain why.
The final plan calls for 10,000 bikes at 600 docks around New York City.