Behold the First Bike-Share Expansion Maps of 2017

What's in store for parts of Astoria, Crown Heights, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

All the proposed bike-share stations in Brooklyn Community Board 9 would take up sidewalk space, not parking spots. Image: NYC DOT
All the proposed bike-share stations in Brooklyn Community Board 9 would take up sidewalk space, not parking spots. Image: NYC DOT

DOT has released preliminary station locations for two areas in this year’s Citi Bike expansion. The maps will be finalized by June, agency reps told the Brooklyn Community Board 9 transportation committee last night. (The process of locating the new stations began with public workshops in the fall.)

The expansion into Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens will extend to Rogers Avenue. This won’t reach as far east as the system does in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where stations are located up to Malcolm X Boulevard.

DOT presented 10 station locations in its draft map for CB 9 [PDF], which covers a relatively small area between Eastern Parkway and Lefferts Avenue. The station density works out to a healthy 38 per square mile if you don’t count the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Prospect Park, but all 10 stations will be located on sidewalks.

DOT also presented its draft Astoria map to Queens CB 1 on Tuesday [PDF]. That zone cover a larger area (three square miles) and will be getting 59 stations. That comes out to about 19 stations per mile, significantly less than the 28 recommended by the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Queens Community Board 1. Image: <a href="http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/files/2017/04/Brooklyn_CB9_DraftPlanMap_20170405.pdf">DOT</a>
Queens Community Board 1. Image: DOT

In Manhattan, Citi Bike will be expanding from 110th Street to 130th Street. Those station maps were released last year.

Parts of Queens CB 2 and Brooklyn CB 8 are also included in the expansion. DOT will present draft station maps to Brooklyn CB 8 on April 25, according to DNAinfo, and to Queens CB 2 next month. The new stations will be installed by the end of the summer.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    The Flatbush Avenue protected lane past Prospect Park can’t come soon enough. Completing the one on Vernon Blvd would be nice too.

  • Vooch

    These stations and PBLs are vital to help solve the last mile challenge along the L train line

  • Frank Kotter

    with or without the full train service, the location of bike stations at transit stations should be mandatory for both systems. It makes both systems multiples more efficient and easy to use, predictable.

  • Vooch

    one day we might even install bike racks at Penn Station, GCT, and PABT

    maybe even within our lifetimes

  • Alex

    There is a curious lack of docks on 30th Ave in Astoria. It’s the busiest street in the neighborhood, with restaurants, bars, shops, etc., and certainly deserves multiple stations. Is this the DOT trying to space docks out more evenly geographically (and therefore on 28th Ave), or some political consideration? If the former, even though each dock “covers” more space, they serve far fewer people/trips.

  • Jeff

    Generally speaking, the primary consideration for siting bikeshare stations seems to be where they would hurt motorists’ feelings the least, as opposed to where they would benefit users of the system the most.

  • AMH

    There have been bikestations at all three locations for years.

  • Vooch

    bike racks – man

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    The MTA is way behind on secure-access bike storage rooms and bike lockers at their facilities.

  • AMH

    There could be sheltered bike racks in huge IND mezzanines for a small fee.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Definitely. Unfortunately the MTA is hopelessly old fashioned.

    Elsewhere: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2015/08/18/bike-station-opens-at-civic-center-bart-after-two-years-of-delay/

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