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]
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.

  • They seem rather spaced out

  • BrandonWC

    Yeah, that was my first thought too

  • AnoNYC

    Only one location near Hunter College-68th St? That better be a huge station.

    This is the most densely populated area in the city.

  • Jesse

    I’m glad Citibike is offering more people in other parts of the city the chance to not find a bike when they want to use one or not find a free and functioning dock when they have one.

  • HamTech87

    Can anyone figure out how to leverage the antipathy for BikeShare stations in historic districts into bans on automobiles there?

  • HamTech87

    Agreed. I would have thought that there would be more stations east of Third Ave, considering there is no subway there for at least the next few years and possibly longer.

  • cjstephens

    Someone did ask about how near you could get a station to the 86th Street stop. The DOT rep explained that there was a possibility of getting one on 87th off Lex, but that it would have been a smaller station, and in their experience putting a small station near a major transit hub was a recipe for disaster.

  • cjstephens

    Stephen has written a very polite description of the neighborhood reaction. I was one of the few residents who stood up to say positive things about the placement of the stations, and, not for the first time, I was thoroughly embarrassed at how ignorant my neighbors were, not to mention rude to both the DOT reps and the chair of the committee who was running the meeting. I’ve lived on the UES for 46 years and attended more than my fair share of community board meetings, but it never fails to surprise me how hostile and ignorant people can be (of course, I’ve also been to CB meetings in other neighborhoods, so I know that it’s not just the UES where this happens).

    I was impressed with the amount of thought DOT put into the placement of all the stations, and when, inevitably, people stood up and said “why does it have to be at this site? Why can’t it be over there?” they had excellent, rational responses (“Because there’s a manhole there” or “because there’s a driveway” or “because there’s a bus stop”).

    The biggest problem seems to be one of ignorance, which leads to fear. Most of the people who spoke up were objecting to bike share in general. Stephen is quite right when he suggests that most of these people haven’t been south of 59th Street since bike share began, so they haven’t seen that the parade of the horribles they dragged out, and which was similarly dragged out in more “progressive” neighborhoods like the West Village two years ago, simply did not come to pass.

    One final observation that still puzzles me: the most consistent complaint was that the bike share stations would take away from parking. Given the small proportion of households on the UES that have cars, I can only assume that car owners show up at these meetings in disproportionate numbers.

  • War on cars

    Resident who don’t have cars still have friends/relatives who visit and expect to find free parking. Even among non-car owners and non-drivers the default view is that parking is sacrosanct. Classic case of perceived interest overriding actual interest.

  • cjstephens

    I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of friends and relatives who have driven to visit me and wanted parking. And that’s after nearly 47 years of living here.

  • BBnet3000

    If we could convert pearl clutching over cycling into electricity New York City could light the world.

  • Nemo

    No large station near 86th & Lex? That’s nuts! How about several smaller stations then? Not having lots of docks right upstairs from the subway seems like a recipe for disaster.

  • cjstephens

    There isn’t room for a large dock right upstairs, but, if you think about it, that’s not unusual. There will be a large dock at 85th and Lex.

  • Stanley Greenberg

    So few stations right near the subway on Lexington. What happened to the “last mile” idea?

  • Joe Enoch

    UESer making reasonable arguments against Citi Bike expansion…

  • com63

    I would think 2nd ave is a no go until the subway construction is finished and then they can add more stations.

  • com63

    I hope they have a plan to infill with more density over the next year or two if the system proves to be popular here.

    Also, why not docks adjacent to the Isaac houses and Holmes towers at the northeast corner of the zone. Does Citibike want more criticism about being for wealthy residents only?

  • ohnonononono

    The article notes “DOT is still working with NYCHA and tenants associations on exact locations for two stations near Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers”

  • ohnonononono

    Maybe the idea is that 86th itself is too congested for docks? Yeah, will suck to always have to walk up to 89th and 3rd to get a bike to head east…

  • Tyson White

    Interestingly, if another 1,000 parking spaces were added on the UES, it would be of no benefit to car owners, because it would just mean that another 1,500 people would get cars.

    The only real relief for the parking-starved UES’ers would be to put meters on street instead of just avenues (since the majority of spaces are not on avenues), and to charge a small overnight fee for curbside parking.

  • Residents who do have cars still have friend/relatives who visit by bike and expect to find a citi bike dock.

  • I don’t see that on the map? The closest appears to be 85th and 3rd.

  • com63

    oops. Guess I should have read the article rather than just looking at the map. Thanks.

  • ThomasN

    I was sorry to see the mounting incivility at the CB8 transportation committee presentation and left soon after the locations were described. Life has enough stress without seeking out extra.

  • alexblac

    I commute on citibike every day. I’d say one time in 10 I can’t get a bike at the first station I go to (adding a five minute walk). Docks not working is annoying but not a disaster assuming the station isn’t full. It’s reliability is better than the subway for me.

  • cjstephens

    My mistake. I thought I saw 85th and Lex and the meeting, but looking at the map, you’re right.

  • Wayne

    Obviously you don’t have friends who live in NJ, Long Island, Staten Island and other places besides Manhattan.

  • Wayne

    why not to place bike stations on avenues where the metered parking is? Oh the city would lose revenue so they’d rather install them on the streets where they take up free parking space.

  • Andrew

    Because there’s no transit service outside Manhattan?!

  • cjstephens

    My friends from those areas are smart enough to take transit and/or know not to expect free parking. Or, maybe they’re just not as entitled as the average suburbanite?

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