NYC Bike-Share: First Look

Image: NYC DOT

This photo simulation offers a glimpse of what New York City bike-share will look like. At this hour, DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson and a group of electeds are announcing details of the program — to feature 10,000 bikes at some 600 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn — at Madison Square.

We’ll have full coverage of today’s reveal later this afternoon.

  • Driver

    Not exactly a fair representation when the majority of bike stations will likely be located on the street.  Someone at the DOT seems to understand the tricks of marketing. 

  • Barclay

    Don’t let Marty Markowitz see that picture.  He’ll likely call Iris Weinshall and have Jim Walden start suing people.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s fair to put the bike stations on the street. It’s a good way to significantly *increase* the number of available parking spots in the city! For each car parking spot, you get at least half a dozen bike parking spots.

    Putting them on the sidewalk, on the other hand, can interfere with pedestrian traffic, unless it’s a big and empty sidewalk like the one shown in the picture.

  • Driver

     I’m not questioning the fairness of putting the bike racks on the street.  I understand that’s where they will mostly be placed.  Logistically most sidewalks don’t have the space for them.  What is dishonest is to depict the exception rather than the norm when showing what the bike share will look like. 

  • Jeremy

    @SB_Driver:disqus “Bike share stations will be sited on wide sidewalks, public plazas and private property. Stations with docked bikes are no wider than the strip of sidewalk occupied by tree-wells.”

    http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/faq/

    Dunno if “public plaza” is code for “street,” but it sounds like these things are primarily off-street.

  • I’ll buy a pizza for Janette Sadik-Khan for every time I see a cyclist in NYC bike share promotions who is NOT wearing a helmet. Their efficacy is debatable (see here http://bit.ly/o38vXf) and many will not wear them. Don’t New Yorkers expect honesty? 

  • Hooray for bike share! Although, you couldn’t pay me to ride down Flatbush Ave, recipe for disaster.

  • Hooray for bike share! Although, you couldn’t pay me to ride down Flatbush Ave, recipe for disaster.

  • Driver

     “Bike share stations will be sited on wide sidewalks, public plazas and
    private property. Stations with docked bikes are no wider than the
    strip of sidewalk occupied by tree-wells.”
    Thanks for that info Jeremy.  I am skeptical of this claim.  Sure some will be located off-street, but I’d be willing to bet many bike racks will end up being placed on the street.   I have no problem with that, in many cases street space will be the logical spot, but this possible (maybe I’m wrong)  dishonesty in selling the project stinks.

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