Bicyclists Angered as Citi Bike Stations Uproot Public Racks

by , 05/02/13
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PHOTO CREDIT: Shelly Mossey

NYC cyclists are standing their ground against the new Citi Bike share program’s attempt to rip up public bike racks and replace them with new branded stations. Last week, one group of Battery Park City riders found out that a bike rack on South End Avenue will be torn down to make way for one of the program’s new units. According to a sign, bike owners will have until May 5th to remove their property from the racks located right outside of the Gateway Plaza housing complex or risk losing their bikes.

“We think the Citi Share program is great,” said Manon Chevallerau to DNAInfo, a resident of Gateway for the past eight years. “But why on Earth would they take away our bike rack — it goes against the whole ethos of program [sic] I think. ”

Shelly Mossey, owner of cargo bike delivery company Urban Mobility Project isn’t a fan of the city bullying long-time cyclists into submission. Though he’s reached out to the long list of companies involved in the bike share and subsequent bike rack removal program, Mossey hasn’t received much response from the Department of Transportation, Citi Bike, Transportation Alternatives, The Battery Park City Authority, or Gateway Plaza. Mossey told Gothamist that he’s willing to get arrested to protect his bike rack if it comes to that.

According to DNAInfo, a DOT spokesman stated that the share stations are being installed at the request of the building property owner and are presently looking for an alternative location for the rack which is not a DOT rack. Despite protests and opposition, it doesn’t look as though the cyclists will get their way. Change is a comin’ whether they like it or not.

Via DNAInfo



  1. RoughDesigns June 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm
    America in the 21st Century Take a good idea, turn it into a way to make money for overpaid execs, then Spin it to make it sound like it's all for the people. Governments ARE GOOD at providing PUBLIC services. Private corporations are not, they cannot, the limited morality business once had disappeared with Leave it Beaver re-runs. Business now has ONE motive, PROFIT, every single dollar and penny by whatever means, moral, legal, or illegal. In NYC, you either pay citibank to bike, or you don't. Get used to it.
  2. tim s. May 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    It may be easier to use the bike-share bicycles for local trips and to store personal bikes in an apartment for touring or other long trips...
  3. tim s. May 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm
    With the bikeshare people may not need a personal bike or could leave their bike in the apt. for longer rides only.
  4. urban Mobility Project ... May 5, 2013 at 7:28 am
    They are not looking for alt location as the sign indicates!!!
  5. elarue May 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    Again, the bike sharing program sounds wonderful, but this sounds like a bad move on the program's part. Find a different location for the bike share station, or the rack, or even put them right next to each other.