New Citi Bike locations in Williamsburg, Greenpoint revealed

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Greenpoint is seeing blue.

The G-train-dependent neighborhood and neighboring Williamsburg will get 53 Citi Bike stations as part of the private bike-sharing program’s $30 million expansion, the Brooklyn Paper has learned. One local was thrilled to hear about the bikes, which are supposed to arrive by the end of the year.

“This helps ease transportation congestion, so I support it 100 percent,” Rolf Carle said. “As long as the stations are placed responsibly and with the character of the neighborhood, I am fine with it.”

The planned stations span the area from Flushing and Marcy avenues at the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant to Franklin Avenue and Dupont Street in Greenpoint, a block from the mouth of Newtown Creek, according to a map provided to the area’s Community Board 1. Notable station sites include one in McCarren Park where Union Avenue is set to be converted to green space, one on either end of McGolrick Park, and one beside the India Street pier.

Citi Bike officials originally planned to include more stations when the program rolled out in May of 2013, but they had to scale back when Hurricane Sandy destroyed equipment stored in the Navy Yard and sponsor Citibank opted not to fund its replacement. The program got a cash infusion last year when a real estate developer bought Alta Bicycle Share, Citi Bike’s troubled parent company, and the program announced it was expanding into Greenpoint, and Williamsburg. Now, planners can afford to build on many of the spots they picked years ago.

“They were chosen to minimize community impacts and maximize connections to transit and local destinatio­ns,” said Citi Bike spokeswoman Dani Simons.

Not everyone in Greenpoint is excited by the arrival of the blue bikes. One resident said the growing popularity of cycling, and cycling infrastructure, has made the neighborhood’s streets hairy enough already.

“There are too many bikes around here as it is, and everything is bike lanes,” Michael Hoffman said. “It is bad enough that you have to look out for cars, but now you have to look out for bikes, too.”

Another wave of expansion is slated to come in 2017 to Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Gowanus, Crown Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

elsa from gpt says:
Could you post a higher resolution map, so we can actually read it? Or give us a link to where it is on the DOT website... thanks!
Feb. 26, 2015, 4:44 pm
Nathan Tempey (Brooklyn Paper) says:
That will be up momentarily.
Feb. 26, 2015, 4:53 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:

This seems a lot like the map they already had planned. Not that I have qualms with that.
Feb. 26, 2015, 5:14 pm
elsa from gpt says:

thanks for the bigger map!!
Feb. 26, 2015, 5:15 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Here's the old plan. It looks like McGolrick Park lost a station, and the tip top of Greenpoint gained some, but I didn't notice any other changes after looking quickly.
Feb. 26, 2015, 5:21 pm
Down from Hill says:
Must not be used to exclusives--considering you misspelled the ALL CAPS declaration.
Feb. 26, 2015, 10:43 pm
Del says:
I'm so glad that I'm not getting one near me.
Feb. 27, 2015, 8:05 am
Tom from Greenpoint says:
" the end of the year"

Why are they so slow to roll these things out? They've been talking about expansion for more than a year.
Feb. 27, 2015, 9:41 am
Tomako Mitsubishi from UWS says:
This is taking forever! Bring it uptown already!!!
Feb. 27, 2015, 10:25 am
Dave B from LIC says:
While I like the idea of citi bike, who is paying for this? I thought citi bike was losing a lot of money? Some details on this expansion would be nice, including how the new stations will be implemented. Although I don't have a car, I'm sure those with cars and those with business would like to know exactly how they may be impacted so they can start to prepare for it.
Feb. 27, 2015, 11:53 am
ty from pps says:
"I'm sure those with cars and those with business would like to know exactly how they may be impacted so they can start to prepare for it."

There is so much fearmongering crap built into this statement. I'm not saying that this was you intention, Dave B, but this is the moaning and crying that's been going on since the beginning. If you listen to some, CitiBike should have destroyed Manhattan by now.... and even the placement of a bike rack means certain closure to all surrounding businesses (though, it's been shown time and time again that the opposite or neutral is the case).

Aaack! We can't handle change!
Feb. 27, 2015, 12:03 pm
Isaac from Williamsburg says:
If that's what Transportation Alternative, the phoniest organization that comes up with figures and numbers that they can't substantiate or backup, once the weather gets warmer, we will again ask all families with children and carriages to use the bike lane and see who has the right of way.
Feb. 27, 2015, 12:17 pm
A from Boerum Hill says:
Can't wait until we get some in Carroll Gardens and Red Hook.
Feb. 27, 2015, 12:29 pm
David from Williamsburg says:
I can't wait! It's going to bring the far-flung parts of the neighborhood so much closer. That 20-minute walk to Greenpoint will suddenly be a 5-minute bike ride. Bring 'em!
Feb. 27, 2015, 1:08 pm
Dave B from LIC says:
"There is so much fearmongering crap built into this statement."

There's no fear mongering at all. I was just saying that those who may be affected would like to know what, if any, affect this will have on them. You certainly are correct that people will blow things out of proportion, but this statement was not one of those. As with any plan, the devil is in the details and some details would be nice. Nothing more and nothing less.
Feb. 27, 2015, 2:40 pm
Guest from NYC says:
Good news but what's up with South Williamsburg? I thought that got sorted out and the community was pushing for expansion?

Anyway, good to see and @Isaac, the NYC DOT typically compiles the statistics.

Anyway, the sooner these come out, the better.
Feb. 27, 2015, 3:09 pm
Bill from NY says:
Anyone strolling in a bike lane will find out who has the right of way right quick if I'm riding. What a dumbass statement Isaac, why are you trying to get babies hurt?
Feb. 27, 2015, 3:34 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
They shouldn't place anymore locations until they pay their workers a living wage.
Feb. 27, 2015, 4:09 pm
Killing The Breeze from Bushwick says:
They really do need to expand access particularly in the outer boroughs.
Feb. 28, 2015, 8:30 pm
rob from williamsburg says:
Gosh williamsburg has lost its beauty in the last ten years. I've lived here all my life and ever since 911 williamsburg has gotten screwed. It's become infested. Most of the time I pass cities bikes they are full. It's a complete waste of tax payers money not to mention the eye soar
March 1, 2015, 3:30 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
They should cancel this project and use the money and land saved for more road lanes and parking lots, so that the taxpaying motorist majority can get to work and make the city prosper. Most bikers aren't going to work anyway, so why should I pay for their hobby when they refuse to pay for mine?
March 5, 2015, 8:09 am
Mike from Park Slope says:
Tal, you're crazy. Motorists are mostly suburban. Suburbanites don't pay NYC income taxes -- locals do. If you want more road lanes, then please start campaigning to reinstate the commuter tax so that your income is taxed to fund NYC. Until that happens, we get to decide what our city looks like without suburbanites getting any say.
March 28, 2015, 9:45 am
Mike from Brooklyn says:
Would be awesome if they closed a few cross town streets and made them bike and pedestrian only?
April 26, 2015, 1:58 pm

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