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Pedaling on: Citi Bike rolling to Crown Heights and Prospect Heights in latest expansion

Growing: Citi Bike kicked off a new phase of expansion on Sept. 12 that will bring the rental service to Crown Heights and Prospect Heights and follows its 2016 push to nabes including Park Slope, where docking sites such as this Carroll Street station drew mixed reactions from residents.
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It’s reaching new Heights!

Citi Bike’s docks will gobble up on-street parking and sidewalk spaces in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights in the coming weeks as part of its latest expansion, which kicked off Sept. 12, prompting a wave of divergent emotions among the nabes’ cyclists and motorists, according to a local civic honcho.

“We have a lot of bikers and we have a lot of drivers,” said Musa Moore, chairman of Community Board 9. “It’s mixed feelings.”

Twenty-five docking stations will be installed in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights, with an additional two destined for Sterling Street near the edge of Prospect Lefferts Gardens. All together, they will hold around 400 Citibank-sponsored bikes.

This year’s push follows a 2016 expansion that brought 60 docking stations to neighborhoods on the other side of Brooklyn’s Backyard, where even progressive Park Slope residents were loathe to sacrifice precious parking spots on the altar of Citi Bike.

Residents of the Red Hook Houses also voiced complaints about losing street parking after the rental program installed four stations around the massive public housing complex last year.

And on-street spots are just as sought after in the nabes the service is expanding to, according to Moore, who said drivers already circle blocks looking for spaces.

“Sometimes it takes people an hour to find parking, it’s such a congested community,” Moore said.

The Department of Transportation invited locals to suggest locations for bike stations during a public review process earlier this year. The agency — which has the final say in deciding docking sites — then picked and chose when to heed the community’s advice, according to Moore.

“Some they listened to, and some they didn’t,” he said.

Community Board 9’s Transportation Committee is expected to review the new Citi Bike sites at its next meeting, according to the chairman, who said he is not sure whether the panel intends to challenge the city’s planned rollout.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 8:28 pm, September 13, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

Luke from Prospect Heights says:
Well I guess we know where the newspaper stands on this issue!
Sept. 13, 8:04 am
Good! from We need less free parking! says:
The more the better! We have too many SUV's with one fat occupant inside driving around like a maniac.
Sept. 13, 9:09 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Good unbiased take as usual from the "journalists" at "Brooklyn Paper"
Sept. 13, 9:26 am
Larry Littlefield from Windsor Terrace says:
Quotes and opinions are cheap and easy, but how about some data?

Walk the streets of the neighborhoods and record what percent of the curbside space is currently allocated to motor vehicle drivers to store their vehicles, what percent is allocated to bus stops, and what percent is allocated to bicyclists to store bicycles.

And then estimate what the percentages will be after Citibike comes to the neighborhood.

So that you can then say "drivers are bitterly opposed to the fact that they will only get X percent of the curbside space, because they fell they are entitled to X-plus."
Sept. 13, 9:36 am
D from Brooklyn CB9 (Crown Heights South) says:
Musa Moore's lament about how it can take an hour to find a parking spot has little to do with CitiBike. In fact, none of the bikeshare stations in CB9 will be located on the street - they will all be on the sidewalk.

Don't believe me? Check out the map of where the stations will be, per the city: http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/2017/06/30/final-map-released-for-bike-share-expansion-in-brooklyn-cbs-8-and-cb9/

CitiBike will be a great additional option for getting around Brooklyn. And if you need a car, it will even be useful for biking over to a garage to pick up a rental vehicle. For the majority of households in our neighborhood who aren't privileged enough to own a personal vehicle, this extra transportation option will certainly be welcome.
Sept. 13, 10:39 am
VLM from Park Slope says:
Musa Moore, the lobbyist serving as a CB chair, should be out of this role and not giving a platform to spout uniformed nonsense.
Sept. 13, 12:10 pm
AMH says:
What gobbles up on-street parking and sidewalk space faster than a CitiBike? (Hint: Important People use them to get from place to place.)

"The Department of Transportation ... picked and chose when to heed the community’s advice."

As it should be--that's how "advice" of questionable quality works.
Sept. 13, 12:46 pm
Resident from Brooklyn says:
The Brooklyn Paper is really worthless on these issues. One side likes bikes. The other side likes parking.

A real journalist would tell us some facts and figures. How many people own cars in this district? (Hint: not many.) How many drive to work. (Hint: even fewer.) What's the average income of car owners versus non-car owners?

Instead it's just conflict-based journalism that serves no one and does nothing to solve the problems our city faces in terms of transportation and economic opportunity. Just a waste.
Sept. 13, 12:50 pm
NN from Boerum Hill says:
This is a bad article. The vast majority of residents of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights don't own cars.
Sept. 13, 1:38 pm
Brooklyn Resident from Crown Heights says:
Citibike is doing the bidding of the Department of Transportation Alternatives. The goal is to force cars out of NYC. The DOTTA is spending billions of dollars narrowing streets by widening sidewalks and/or bikelanes. Citibike helps enormously by taking up massive amounts of parking for huge bike docks for bikes in vast oversupply. There are sequential 30-bike docks two blocks from one another up and down Fulton Street. The bikes basically get moved when the midnight van loads them up to take them somewhere else. Citibike is a big money loser. Duh. When Bloomberg pushed it on tge city, he said it woukd be self-supporting. No one believed him. He was lying. Citibike asked for $12,000,000 this year from tge City Council. They didn't get it but you know they will next time. Citibike wants to take your parking and your tax money. And, yes, Musa Moore is a whore. Everyone knows that. Why do you think all the politicians hire him?
Sept. 13, 1:44 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
NYC is not the best place to live. Now make it impossible to have a car without renting parking space and it sounds like a good time to leave.
Sept. 13, 3:22 pm
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Bye Matt.

Good riddance
Sept. 13, 3:51 pm
robert green from chelsea says:
repeat after me: bike parking is parking
bike parking is parking
bike parking is parking
replacing spaces for cars with spaces for bikes is replacing
parking with parking

here's a bonus: not ONE space or two, like citibike kiosks take up, but replacing
two parking spaces with 20 parking spaces

if you can't get this through your head i despair for your critical thinking skills.
Sept. 13, 4:43 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
All the above people who commented must die.
Sept. 13, 4:43 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I feel that some of you fail to look at the causes and zoom in more on the effects of this issue. Some are just against placing these docking stations because they feel that most of the time it will just go unused and be seen as a waste of space. I'm not surprised if most of the opponents are longtime residents while the supporters are just recently transplanted. Another thing that won't surprise me is that Transportation Alternatives has a history of sending flash mobs to such hearings just to make them be the majority when most of them aren't even from there. As for Musa Moore, you guys had your opinion, so I don't see why he can't have his. Just seeing you guys making personal attacks at him for not taking your side does make me feel that you don't act your age and are probably paid trolls sent by Paul Steely White to make such comments, which is why there are those who can never take you seriously when it comes to debating issues.
Sept. 13, 5:03 pm
Sterling St from PLG says:
Yeah, more Citibikes over here! Finally!! I can't wait for more stations in Prospect Lefferts so it's easier to get around.
Sept. 13, 8:53 pm
Cornecia from Crown Heights says:
These bikes are owned by corporate banking interests, with a secret goal to get us all to use City Bank! I'm not going to do it. I'm not a sheep person. Can you pay for them with cash? No - you need to have City Bank card! What if I don't trust this corporation with my money? I don't want them to steal it and then say : Oh it was a financial recession!!! Your money is all gone - boo hoo!!! Never! So how do I pay for these? Oh - I cannot!!! Greed at it's dirtiest!
Sept. 14, 4:51 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Cornerica is on to something here. Bike sharing should be a private enterprise, not a multi billion dollar giveaway to a corporation. I'd probably use it if the bikes weren't a billboard attached to absolute garbage, which would not be the case with a private entrepreneur wanting their business to survive.
Sept. 14, 4:25 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Citibank is the sponsor. They are paying for the "billboard" rights so the annual membership costs $164 and not many times that...

The bikeshare system is operated by Motivate Co.

You guys know how sponsorship works, right? Do you think the Metropolitan Museum of Art is owned by Bank of America because they sponsor the museum?

What "giveaway to a corporation" is this exactly?
Sept. 14, 5:39 pm
Daniel from Flatbush says:
Please Citibike, expand south! We desperately need better transit options, especially for trips that are within Brooklyn but too far to walk. Forget the community boards, they don't represent the vast majority of us who live in the real world and make most of our trips by foot or transit.
Sept. 15, 7:51 am

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