On May 11th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer announced that New York City’s Bike Share Program, “Citi Bike” is coming to Queens. After working with the Department of Transportation, Council Member Van Bramer was able to secure 10 locations in Long Island City giving the borough of Queens the opportunity to be a part of the nation’s largest public bike share system. The 10 locations in Queens will add to New York City’s 600 bike docking stations.
“The expansion of New York City’s Bike Share program into Western Queens will give both tourists and our local residents the ability to get around parts of our great neighborhood in an environmentally friendly and convenient way,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “I want to thank the Department of Transportation for working with my office to make sure that Queens is a part of Phase 1 of Bike Share. The 10 proposed locations will not only facilitate commuters into and out of Long Island City but it will also attract new visitors to all the fantastic cultural and culinary options the neighborhood has to offer.”
The program will provide a new, affordable, 24/7 transportation option for New Yorkers and will launch in July 2012 in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn in addition to Long Island City. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Citi Bike branding will be displayed on the system’s 10,000 bikes and 600 bike docking stations. The system will be operated by Alta Bicycle Share and the City will split any profits with the company.
Proposed Long Island City Bike Share Locations – (Click here for a link to the Bike Share dock location:http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/station-map/)
- West side of 2nd Street near 54th Avenue (Hunters Point Ferry Terminal) – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on private property (pending)
- Center of 48th Avenue near Vernon Boulevard – This station will have 31 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street)
- Center of Vernon Boulevard near 50th Avenue (Vernon Mall) – This station will have 31 docks and will be located in a public park or plaza.
- North side of 45th Road near 11th Street (Murray Playground) – This station will have 27 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
- South side of 46th Avenue near Jackson Avenue – This station will have 23 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street.
- South side of 44th Drive near Jackson Avenue – This station will have 35 docks and will be located on private property (pending)
- West side of 21st Street near 43rd Avenue – This station will have 23 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
- West side of 21st Street near Queens Plaza North – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
- South side of Queens Plaza North near Crescent Street – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
- East side of 31st Street near Thomson Avenue – This station will have 27 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street.
"I'm extremely proud to release this plan for the Citi Bike network," said NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. "New Yorkers created this plan during the past six months, contributing time and expertise in workshops, on-line and in dozens of meetings to discuss and plan the City's newest transportation system."
The solar-powered, wireless docking stations will be located on sidewalks, curbside road space, plazas and other locations suggested through the community process. Each station can accommodate between 15 and 60 bikes. The self-contained stations require no utility connections and can be installed in minutes.
Each bike will be equipped with a bell and both front and rear lights, and each bike will be inscribed with a safety message encouraging helmet use; cautioning riders to yield to pedestrians, avoid riding on sidewalks, ride with traffic and to obey all traffic lights and signs.
On May 21st, Council Member Van Bramer, Community Board 2 and DOT will host a community forum on Bike Share and the proposed docking stations. The program is scheduled to expand to additional neighborhoods in Queens in Phase 2 of Bike Share’s launch.