Anatomy of a Bike Share Docking Station Installation

Docking stations on a flatbed, waiting to be unloaded by crane

Thousands of New Yorkers have already signed up for Citibike, the city's bike share program.

In advance of next month's launch, the Department of Transportation is installing hundreds of stations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. On Tuesday, one came to the TransportationNation neighborhood. So we hoofed it down to the intersection of MacDougal and Prince Streets to check it out.

The station is located on a beautiful Soho block that's both residential and restaurant-heavy. (Side note: it's also home to a "virtual botanic garden" — but we digress.) When we arrived, a car whose driver had presumably ignored the "DO NOT PARK" signs was being towed away to make room for the station. As its car alarm blared, an elderly woman watching the street from an open third-floor window shouted down "this is going to ruin the block!" Meantime, a bike share staffer was using the opportunity to hand out information about the program to people on the sidewalk.

This particular station will have room for 30 bikes. It's located on the west side of MacDougal. The equipment was trucked in and installed in about an hour. Check out the slide show to follow along.

If you need a little ambient sound to get into the mood, listen to the sound of the bike share station being installed. You can also watch a Vine video here.

MacDougal Street was closed off for the station's installation. Temperature at the time of installation: 43 degrees, hence the hood.
MacDougal Street was closed off for the station's installation. Temperature at the time of installation: 43 degrees, hence the hood. ( Kate Hinds )
A parked car being towed away to clear the street for the docking station
A parked car being towed away to clear the street for the docking station ( Kate Hinds )
Docking stations are brought in by flatbed
Docking stations are brought in by flatbed ( Kate Hinds )
A mini crane is used to lift the docking stations into the street
A mini crane is used to lift the docking stations into the street ( Kate Hinds )
Getting the docking station into position
Getting the docking station into position ( Kate Hinds )
( Kate Hinds )
( Kate Hinds )
Measure twice, place the docking station once
Measure twice, place the docking station once ( Kate Hinds )
( Kate Hinds )
( Kate Hinds )
The finished product -- spaces for 30 bikes parked on an angle
The finished product -- spaces for 30 bikes parked on an angle ( Kate Hinds )
A Citi Bike rider on the Upper West Side
A Citi Bike rider on the Upper West Side ( Kate Hinds )
( Kate Hinds )
Note the abandoned bike tire in the tree, which predated the station's installation
Note the abandoned bike tire in the tree, which predated the station's installation ( Kate Hinds )
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