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Here’s Where Citi Bike Stations Will Go on the Upper East Side

Map: DOT [PDF]
DOT is planning 39 bike-share stations on the Upper East Side between 59th and 96th Streets. Stations below 86th Street could be up and running by late summer or early fall. Map: DOT [PDF]
Map: DOT [PDF]

At a meeting hosted by the Manhattan Community Board 8 transportation committee last night, DOT unveiled a map showing 39 planned Citi Bike station locations on the Upper East Side [PDF]. The city said it expects service to be operating as far north as 86th Street by late summer or early fall, with further expansion next year.

The station locations were identified after a multi-year planning process, followed by a public workshop in February, where DOT asked the public to suggest station locations.

With narrow sidewalks throughout much of the neighborhood, most of the 37 stations, with an average of 35 docks each, will be installed in the roadbed. DOT is still working with NYCHA and tenants associations on exact locations for two stations near Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers between 91st and 96th streets and between First and York Avenues.

The audience last night included a slight majority who were loudly against bike-share, one meeting attendee told Streetsblog, with objections that haven't been heard much since Dorothy Rabinowitz became a household name.

Complaints touched on the aesthetic horror of adding bike-share to historic districts, as well as its potential to cause traffic congestion, pollution, and cancer. There were also plenty of threats from lawyers who live in the neighborhood who said they might sue the city over the program.

It's almost like these people haven't ventured south of 59th Street in the past two years.

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