Citi Bike Map Now Shows Over 100 New Stations Coming Soon

Get ready: Though there's no official date yet, Citi Bike looks set to expand soon to Long Island City, more of Brooklyn, and Manhattan south of 86th Street.
Here’s where the first round of new bike-share stations will go, according to the Citi Bike app.

New York City’s bike-share expansion is almost here. Citi Bike has added more than 100 new stations to its system map in Brooklyn, Long Island City, and between 59th Street and 86th Street in Manhattan. While it’s difficult to assess station density with much detail from eyeballing the map, you can see that parts of the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, and Bed-Stuy have thinner station spacing than is typical in the rest of the system.

The updated map is available on Citi Bike’s website and mobile app. A spokesperson wouldn’t say when the new stations will be rolling out, but this round of expansion is expected to start in the summer.

When it relaunched with new ownership last fall, Citi Bike committed to expansions in Brooklyn and Long Island City by the end of this year. This spring, DOT brass said that the Upper East Side and Upper West Side south of 86th Street would likely be included in a summer expansion, as well. Further expansions are planned in 2016 and 2017.

The station locations themselves have been developed through several rounds of public meetings and don’t come as surprise. DOT had posted the locations in a series of maps for each community board district.

While Citi Bike is coming soon to more neighborhoods, those neighborhoods won’t necessarily get the same caliber of bike-share service. A dispute between DOT and Citi Bike parent company Motivate has left the expansion zones, which include some of the city’s densest neighborhoods, with fewer stations per square mile than the existing system. The convenience, reliability, and overall usefulness of the system in those thinned-out areas won’t be up to the standards bike-share users in New York are accustomed to.

  • Jeff

    Every station in Eastern Greenpoint got cut from this rollout phase, except for the one closest to my apartment? I’m annoyed yet selfishly relieved!

  • dave “paco” abraham

    There’s not a single station along the East Side Greenway north of 63rd?? Really?

  • johnmassengale

    We’re moving in November from 85th between Park and Lex to 99th and Riverside. Our old neighborhood looks like it will be well covered, but I’m sure there will be a lot of demand from people above 86 and people getting off at the express stop at 86th and Lex. My office is near 3 of the busiest stations in the city, and I know how many problems those 3 have.

    For the West Side, I’ve seen a lot of comment that 86th Street on the West Side is not equivalent to 86 on the East Side, because the Express stop on Broadway is 10 blocks higher, on Broadway. An earlier map on Streetsblog (at the NYC DOT?) showed stations above 86. So it’s disappointing to see this map.

    The early days of CitiBike were marked by obvious underfunding problems. I thought Equinox and the Related Companies were supposed to solve that problem, but the number and location of West Side stations makes it seem as though underfunding is still a problem.

  • Brian Howald

    Anyone know why there is a gap between Division, Union, and Flushing Aves?

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  • Brian Howald

    I figured so much informally, but I hadn’t seen anything officially.

  • Avi

    The plan calls for both UWS and UES to eventually expand further north. This is just the first phase with the rest coming in the spring.

  • Joe Enoch

    It’s interesting to note that the station map only goes to 86th St. What that means to me is that they’re really holding fast to that 86th St limit that was suggested earlier. I thought it was just a yardstick estimate.

  • Stanley Greenberg

    Stations show up on the app, so you can see the locations a little more clearly. Still can’t believe that there’s not a station near the 4,5,6 trains at 86th St. Also, DOT hasn’t made any additional provisions for crossing Central Park. Time for a protected path on the 86th St transverse.

  • Avi

    It looks like they removed a station at 74th and Broadway from the previous “final” map. That station was right by Fairway and without it there is a significant gap if you want to ride to Fairway to shop.

  • Nick Ober

    The lack of coordination with subway stations is disappointing. In an ideal design, there would be high capacity Citibike stations right outside each subway stop to enable folks to bike to the train. This would make commutes from East End and York Avenues so much more convenient.

  • Nick Ober

    And just one for East End Avenue despite the fact that it would seem like biking from there to the subway at 86th Street would be an obvious commuting route.

  • Joe Enoch

    I don’t understand all the backlash over not having citibike docks right by subway stations. To be honest, I can’t imagine any scenario in which I would get out of a subway station in Manhattan and not already be within walking distance of my final destination.

  • Joseph Cutrufo

    There’s a greenway on the East Side?

  • johnmassengale

    Thanks, Avi, but as I said, we’ve been waiting for 2 years. So near and yet so far. Whoever negotiated the buyout should have negotiated a bigger payout in the first phase.

  • Matthias

    Yes, although not as nice as the West Side, it goes from the Battery to 34 St and from 59 St to 120 St.

  • Joe Enoch

    I believe they refer to it as the “black hat hole.”

  • Brian Howald

    It takes about fifteen minutes to walk east to York or East End Avenue from Lex., and if you live between subway stops, add in a few street blocks.

    I’m a New Yorker – I think three miles is walking distance, but when you’re in a rush, it’s nice to have a better alternative than walking three quarters of a mile.

  • Andrew

    The transverse has only two lanes, and I don’t think they can be narrowed (they need to be wide enough to safely handle buses), so unfortunately I don’t think your suggestion is feasible, barring a massive cut-widening project.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    a work in Progress. verz useful below 34th street and above 60th; but The gap will not get filled for a decade.

  • I really hope there are like 100 bikes/docks at that LaGuarida station in LIC/Sunnyside. It makes total sense to have one there, but all the residents that want to use Citibike north and east are going to walk down there. I’m very worried about that one becoming a nightmare and you have to go a LONG way if that station has no available docks/bikes.

  • Wilfried84

    More station would of course be the ideal solution, but if the number of new stations is limited, does it make more sense to create a larger footprint for the whole system with less density, or a smaller footprint with higher density? While I can see that lower density lowers the effectiveness in affected neighborhoods, a larger footprint increases the utility of the system overall, as people everywhere will have more places to go. Which trade off you favor I suspect depends on where you live, and where you want to go, but which choice benefits the system overall the most?

    I can see that from a politicians point of view, they would favor a larger footprint. They can point to a map and show how big the coverage area is. That the stations are less dense in some areas is less visible, and the effect this will have on the ground in the less dense areas will be almost invisible. So, to tout the system and toot their own horn, they’d like to see the system look as big as possible.

  • Tyson White

    I don’t see why it needs to be a trade-off. It can be the same density with a larger reach. Upper Manhattan isn’t as crowded as Midtown, so there’s really no reason why station density should be lower. There are many commuters from the heavily-residential UES/UWS to Midtown.

  • cjstephens

    There is also a sidewalk along the transverse, and I have seen people riding bikes on it. Once Citibike is up an running uptown, I may well start using it to get to the west side by riding on that sidewalk.

  • cjstephens

    Exactly. I would also point out plenty of locations in lower Manhattan, such as Battery Park City and the far west side (Chelsea Piers, etc.). You might also find yourself on a train that goes down Sixth or Seventh Avenues, and rather than change your route to take an Eighth Avenue train, just factor in a Citibike to make up the extra distance.

  • cjstephens

    I was at the Community Board 8 meeting, and I’m pretty sure there were stations as far north as 96th. Not sure what happened to them.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    the traverses require the ability to ride at fairly high speed the entire time. You’ll need to be prepared to ride 20-25 the entire time to feel safe.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    2 stage roll out – stage one to 86th presumably in August, then to 107th & 96th respectfully in ‘fall’

  • cjstephens

    Indeed, I don’t want to be the cyclist slowing down traffic on the transverse, which is why I would stick to the sidewalk along the transverse.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    you have great courage my friend

  • Jonathan Gregorio

    I’m working on a class project where I am proposing some Citi Bike improvements. Looking for volunteers to answers a few questions I have regarding their Citi Bike experience. Please respond to this post if interested, it should only take you a few minutes to answer.

  • Andrew

    It’s a very narrow sidewalk, though, and while pedestrian traffic is by no means heavy, it’s still nonzero. So if you choose to ride on the crosswalk, please be careful and be prepared to slow/stop for pedestrians. (They can’t be expected to watch for you, and even if they are watching, there isn’t anywhere for them to get out of your way.)

  • snrvlakk

    It seems to me that they always have a bike station about a block away from the subway station. Don’t know why they can’t be right there at the subway entrance.

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