Everyone’s favorite bike-sharing program is movin’ on up! Locations for 39 new Citi Bike docking stations were recently unveiled by the Department of Transportation and from the looks of it, Manhattanites can expect to see new biking stations as far up as 86th Street.
According to DNA Info, it appears that the DOT has approved 39 stations to be installed between the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side. Although the bike sharing program is wildly popular with most New Yorkers, Citi Bike’s Manhattan expansion does not sit well with some of its new neighbors.
When Citi Bike’s initial expansion plans were revealed for Manhattan earlier this year, many local residents were upset about the locations of some of the docking stations, citing potential conflicts with pedestrian traffic as well as city bus routes.
“We have not only crosstown buses and the Bronx buses, but we have an enormous issue with school buses backing up to load and unload people into the [American Museum of Natural History],” said Debra Bottle, who lives on West 81st Street. “The idea of bikes trying to enter into the traffic pattern in addition to everything else going on there is, frankly, just inconceivable.”
In order to appease the naysayers, the DOT held extensive consultations with residents which resulted in relocating five stations between the draft and final versions of the plans. Now that the final plans have been approved, the bike-sharing company will begin to install the stations later this year.
Images via Citi Bike