CitiBike Plans More Locations in Brooklyn Exactly Where You Would Expect

Categories: Citi Bikes

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Photo courtesy of NYC DOT
Planned Citi Bike stations are in gray.
Yesterday the city's department of transportation quietly added planned CitiBike stations to its bike share service map. Most of the new Citi Bikes are clustered in Williamsburg, where there were several planned to begin with.

If the city is trying to outrun the program's growing reputation for neglecting lower-income communities, it might consider a different strategy: Be less obvious about the how station locations are picked.

Of all the new stops, not a single one will fall south of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, though the DOT explains that Citi Bike stations for Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights, and Crown Heights are coming down the pike.

The city in part relies on a "suggestion map" when deciding where to drop new stations, making the new stations in Williamsburg logical. No sense inveighing against putting them where there is clearly demand.

Correction: Due to a comparison with an outdated map, an earlier version of the article stated that locations had been added all across North Brooklyn. In fact, new stations had been added only in Williamsburg. The Voice regrets the error.

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giraffedrd
giraffedrd

I live in Clinton Hill which is predominantly black and there are station EVERYWHERE. We love them and don't believe that the locations are based on race at all. To think so is just silly and naive.

jose_gutierrez
jose_gutierrez

Raillan, did you just move to the City? Because you seem not to know too much about NYC geography. If this was about neglecting lower-income communities, explain why Bed-Stuy (the largest black neighborhood in the city) got Citibike before the Upper East or Upper West Sides?   Why did Alphabet City get them before posh Park Slope, Cobble Hill, or Carroll Gardens?  Why are there bike share stations on several NYCHA housing project properties in the Lower East Side and Chelsea, but none in the new luxury developments in Long Island City?

jrdnbwn
jrdnbwn

Still no plans for Red Hook, the neighborhood that needs it most, that is most easily accessed by bike? And yet there's a new ferry, that serves almost no one.

afterthefall
afterthefall

You got that right! 

 Do you think that Bloomberg and Sadiktator-Khan want CitiBike's users to have to use the same seats that - gasp! - black people have sat in?

CitiBike is an elitist scheme conceived by an elitist DOT commissioner on behalf of an elitist mayor, working with an elitist CitiBank VP and former Bloomberg deputy mayor, Ed Skyler.

r_ebrooks
r_ebrooks

@jose_gutierrez seriously tho, UES and UWS didnt get them because they didnt want them (rich neighborhoods all around the city view the locations as nuisances rather than amenities.)

And as a resident of North Crown Heights/South Bed-Stuy, it is a wonder to me that, given the number of asymmetrical haircuts and overpriced coffees I encounter in a day, why there aren't Citi Biki kiosks literally everywhere.

Bed-Stuy is changing way faster than you think, especially the parts of it where kiosks are planned.

jose_gutierrez
jose_gutierrez

@afterthefall Yeah Einstein, because there are no black people in Bed-Stuy or in the multiple NYCHA housing projects that have Citibike racks.

afterthefall
afterthefall

@r_ebrooks@jose_gutierrez 

"Bed-Stuy is changing way faster than you think,'

You are assuming that Transportation Alternative fanatics like Gutierrez "think".  These extremists don't think, they just react, in a knee-jerk fashion.

afterthefall
afterthefall

@jose_gutierrez

Your arrogance is exceeded only by your ignorance. 

If you think Bed-Stuy is a black neighborhood any longer, I have a rental bike franchise to sell you.

And if you think placing one or two bike-racks in a NYCHA complex in a neighborhood otherwise full of white Yuppies and hipsters is putting bike stations in neighborhoods of color, you better loosen your spandex tighties, because blood ain't going to your brain, Armstrong. Lay off the drugs, boy.


 

afterthefall
afterthefall

@Soho

Hi Ian Dutton, 

Still smarting after all these years?

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