CB3 Hears Community Feedback on Citi Bike Installations

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 at 6:29 am by and
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Boogie contributor David Bergman attended the CB3 Transportation & Public Safety/Environment Committee meeting Tuesday night. Looks like it was an interesting turnout, with all of the speakers showing support for the nascent Citi Bike program, while trying to remedy a few local problems.

I went primarily because bike share locations was the major topic on the agenda and I wanted to see what kinds of opposition and complaints there would be. (Using the general assumption that people come more to complain than to voice support.)

The committee meeting had been moved to a bigger space because they thought it would be heavily attended. Turned out the auditorium was mostly empty — maybe 30 people or so in the audience. There were three main groups who spoke. One was there to complain about a location that actually is in CB2 in Chinatown. I believe it was Elizabeth between Canal and Hester, where the street is narrow and has several grocery stores. They said traffic gets backed up, seniors are endangered, garbage (and in the future, snow) are hard to clean, and requested it be moved.

The owners and a representative from Venieros on 11th Street had similar complaints — it’s a narrow street with a lot of stores, unlike some nearby side streets. They’re especially worried about losing business at the holidays when people drive in from the region to pick up large orders. And apparently, that bike share location had been one block east and was moved to their block.

Most interesting, though, was that ALL the speakers supported the program, even those who wanted locations moved. And the largest group of speakers was from the East River co-op. They strongly supported the program, especially given their remoteness from mass transit, and their complaint was that there aren’t enough bike locations. The bikes are all gone by early morning and the locations are full with nowhere to park by early evening.”

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