Draft Bike-Share Station Map Now Online

This is cool. After receiving thousands of suggestions online and hosting dozens of public workshops about where to site bike-share stations, Alta Bikeshare and NYC DOT have finished a draft map of the initial service area and posted it online this morning. The boundaries for the first phase, which will launch this July, are (roughly): 59th Street, Atlantic Avenue, and Lewis Ave/Bushwick Ave. (Update: There are also ten stations in Long Island City.) The service area is slated to expand to the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights by next spring.

The station locations are still subject to change prior to launch, as DOT continues to present maps to community boards. If you zoom in and click on locations, you can see how many bicycle docks will be available at each, and whether the station will be located in the curb lane, on the sidewalk, or in a park/plaza.

I’m just starting to browse around the map. Give your first impressions in the comments.

  • Mike

    Brooklyn Heights is surprisingly sparse. And those southern stations (mostly along Fulton Street) will see a TON of demand.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Ouchy.  One possible big market is New Jersey and Long Island commuters arriving at Penn Station and the PA Bus Terminal and working in East Midtown.  But there are virtually no places to lock up a bike between 7th Avenue and 3rd Avenue, 42nd Street and 55th Street.

  • J

    South Williamsburg, with the heavy concentration of Hasiddic jews, is devoid of bikeshare stations. I’m assuming this was intentional, but I find it sad and strange that one ethnic group is so against bicycling that they don’t even want any stations in there area. I guess it means more stations elsewhere, but still.

  • Anonymous

    I have nothing to say but this:  I am so f-ing excited.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Following up, if you look at the area east of 6th Avenue and south of 55th, there are just nine spots, probably leaving a multi-block walk after the bike ride.  Look at those subway stations — they are sparse in the same area.  And this is a place with hundreds of thousands of jobs, the densest concentration in the U.S. and one of the densest in the world.  That’s why this is a prime market for someone hopping a bike.

    Consider this from today’s article on New Jersey buses.

    “Next, there’s the cattle-crossing to make it out of America’s busiest bus terminal, and the mile-long walk through the obstacle course of Manhattan to get to his East Side office in the Chrysler Building.”

    “Certainly, Zielaznicki must be cheering an idea by New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson to have some NJ Transit buses pick up passengers on the East Side and bypass the dreaded terminal, right?”

    “I don’t see how this would work,” Zielaznicki said. “In Midtown, it takes forever to get crosstown. At one time, the MTA estimated that the average operating speed of the 34th Street crosstown buses was only 4.5 mph.”

    And how about if he worked at Park and 48th?  There ought to be a location at every other intersection.  What about all those Plazas the developers got air rights bonuses in exchange for?  None of them would allow a bikeshare station?  Maybe next year.

  • J

    Im pretty surprised that LIC has bikeshare stations in the first rollout. I guess the presence of DOT offices in LIC probably helped that cause in no small part. 
    Also, the stations go very deep into bed-stuy, which is great, given how far much of that area is from subway stations. Hopefully, bikeshare will span all sorts of income, racial, and ethnic divisions.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I will say more.  Going by the current draft map, I’ll be able to ride the M14 with my son to take him to school, then grab a bike, ride it to work, and dock it, with less than one block of walking. 

  • Bike Share Fan

    This whole thing rocks beyond belief.

  • Guest

    I’m really bummed about the lack of bikes in Carroll Gardens. As a former resident,  the 1-mile walk to Borough Hall for the 4/5 train would be a perfect use for bike-share bike. 

  • Shemp

    Have no idea what map Larry Littlefield is looking at.  No stations between 7th and 3rd Avenues???

  • Anonymous

    Very exiting. I’m am pleased there is a station right across the street from my office. Very disappointing that Park Slope is not yet included. I do hope they will roll out additional areas on an ongoing basis and that we won’t have to wait until Sprig 2013 for the rest of the initial stations to drop.

  • Anonymous

    I’m curious: systemwide, what is the ratio of bikes to docks? There will be 10,000 bikes, but how many docks? Obviously you need to have more docks than bikes to increase the odds of being able to dock at your destination, but I wonder what’s the ratio that has been found to work in other cities and the ratio that will be used initially in NYC.

  • Guest

    @qrt145:disqus There are twice as many docks as bikes.

  • Mike

    J: I suspect Citibank’s huge presence in LIC had more to do with LIC getting bike share stations.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bike Share


  • Williamsburg to Midtown East looks well covered.  As with others, i’m very excited about this.

  • Anonymous

    Okay. I just realized that there will be stations near point A, where I get out of the subway on the occasional days when I can’t bike from home, and point B, right near where I work.

    That’s blinking fantastic.

    But I’m bringing refrigerator magnets with me to cover up that horrendous logo while I’m on the bike.

  • J

    Overall, I have to say that this looks great! There are very few areas within the bikeshare zone where you need to walk more than 2-3 block to get to a station. That said, there are a few places where some stations seem a bit close to each other and others where gaps between stations are a bit bigger, but this is hands down much better than in DC, which still has many large gaps.
    Things can and should be tweaked to make them work better, and the ability to move stations around is what is so awesome about this system. I’ve seen them install these things. It’s super quick. Here is a photo of a station being installed with a truck in Montreal. It takes about an hour, from what I’m told (I didn’t stick around).

  • I’m a bit surprised. 93 docks surrounding Washington Square Park and another 104 or so within a block? They must be expecting a lot of use by NYU students and tourists –  even though you can’t actually ride inside the park.  The Village is already such a bike friendly neighborhood I wonder if some of these dock might have seen better use elsewhere.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Have no idea what map Larry Littlefield is looking at.  No stations between 7th and 3rd Avenues???”

    Nine, not none, north of 42nd and south of 55th, east of 6th and west of third.  That’s the motherload of destinations.  Hopefully more will be coming.

  • Larry Littlefield

    By the way, the Mayor wants to further upzone the already dense area where I am saying there should be more bikeshare stations.  That is also an area with no Greenmarkets.  Nowhere to put them.  The Rock Center one is less than two months per year.

    Well, if taller buildings of up to 80 stories are going to be allowed at more than the 10-plus FAR (floor area to lot area ratio) now permitted, I hope the new rules will include public amenities like this as a condition.  As opposed to the “public plazas” that developers sought to privitize after getting their FAR bonuses.

  • NYT Transpo Reporter

    After a year of multiple meetings with each Community Board, community planning sessions, open houses, demonstrations at street fairs and festivals, and the release of the map more than two months before the system is scheduled to start, I have only one question:

    Why is DOT being so secretive about bike share?

  • Daisy

    This looks pretty great to me.  If I remember correctly, the stations are moveable, so if there are in fact too many around Washington Square, and not enough in midtown, they can adjust.  I don’t think this is set in stone.

  • Glenn

    I will be using this to go to & from my office in East Midtown and Columbus circle where I can get the express A or D trains. I will also be using this to meet friends for lunch that don’t work near me. And I’ll probably just do some lunch time runs down to the Dag Hammersjold greenmarket on Wednesdays.

  • Eric McClure

    OK, enough with the nitpicking. Yeah, sure I’m disappointed that Park Slope isn’t getting bikes in the first go-round, but this is truly fantastic.  If there are minor gaps in the system, so what?  Locations will get tuned over time, and the bottom line is that, with an annual membership, we’ll get unlimited 45-minute bike rides for a fraction more than two bits a day.  That’s truly a game-changer for cycling in New York City.

  • vnm

    This plan does justice to Grand Central Terminal – 118 docks at 41st & Park, and another 31 at 43rd & Vanderbilt.  I love it!! 

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome.  There’s a station 1 block from my apartment, 1 block from my girlfriend’s apartment, 1 block from my work, and 1 block from her work.  All of my trips either start or end at one of those 4 locations.  

  • Anonymous

    I have a bike share outside my apt and one right at my office.  This is freakin amazing.  I’ll just walk right out, hop on, bike for ten mins, and voila . . . .    So excited!

  • Miles Bader

    Wait a minute…. according to the linked-to map, the system stops dead at 60th st in Manhattan—nothing to the north of that…

    Is it just a technical glitch with the online map?  ’cause otherwise that’s just weird…

  • Miles Bader

    [addendum: whoops, 1 second after posting my previous comment, I notice the bit about the “first phase system boundaries” in the story … oh wait, streetsblog has comment editing turned off!  grrrrr… :]

  • I wonder if the city is going to do something about access to the Manhattan Bridge from Jay Street. It’s a meat grinder, with heavy BQE runoff and no bike lane at all. I currently ride down the dilapidated spur of Adams, as directed, but if I pick up a citibike on Smith or Jay I’m not going back uphill in the wrong direction, and neither will anyone else.

    Maybe put in some jersey barriers where the buffered lane is on the opposite side of Jay, and make that two-way? That would also discourage motorists from flowing down the wrong side of the street to cut in line, a frequent occurrence in its present configuration.

  • J

    @n8han:disqus The city already has plans for Jay Street. Check out page 3-18 through 3-20, from the Downtown Brooklyn Surface Transit Circulation Report. It calls for a 2-way protected bike lane from Sands Street to Schermerhorn, including bus-only lanes for some sections as well. Very cool, but I have no idea when this will happen.



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