Here’s some good news for any Queens residents wondering why Manhattan and Brooklyn have been getting all of the Citi Bike love. City officials recently announced that NYC’s popular bike sharing program will be expanding to Astoria, but not until at least 2015. According to program organizers, the lengthy planning process behind the expansion will take about 18 to 24 months.

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“We’ve had dozens of inquiries and requests to bring Citi Bike to the neighborhood,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) told the New York Daily News. “We’re getting a lot more young people and commuters who are the prototype of the person who would use Citi Bike.”

According to city officials, Queens was actually supposed to be part of the initial Citi Bike rollout along with Manhattan and Brooklyn, but Hurricane Sandy flooding damaged many of the bikes.

There are currently 6,000 bikes and 330 stations with an average daily ridership of 42,000. The Queens expansion is part of a 4,000-bike increase that will bring what is already the largest bike sharing program in North America to 10,000 bicycles and 600 stations.

As the Citi Bike expansion continues, the only question could be how big the bike sharing bandwagon gets. The Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut could all be competing to bring bike sharing to their areas.

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