Long-Delayed Bike Share Program Coming To Montague St. & Promenade

New York’s long-delayed bike-share program is preparing to launch in May, but according to a story in the New York Post, some city residents are “trying to put the brakes on cycle stations planned for their blocks,” claiming they will create congestion and “cheapen” neighborhoods. Mentioned in the Sunday piece are Manhattan’s SoHo, Brooklyn Navy Yard, TriBeCa—and Brooklyn Heights.

“Heights residents are bracing for 39 docks on Montague Street, in the street’s parking lane, and 23 bikes on the Promenade, where riding bicycles is currently illegal,” reporter Kate Briquelet writes.

The bike-share network will include at least 5,000 two-wheelers across 293 stations when it launches in May. Citibank, the program’s sponsor, plans to eventually provide 10,000 bikes. Commuters can get a bike, ride it and return it to any docking location with a subscription: $95 annually, or $9.95 a day. The network begins in Brooklyn and Manhattan south of 59th Street before reaching North Brooklyn and Queens by year end.

DOT spokesman Seth Solomonow defended the bike-share locations as the result of thousands of public suggestions taken across 400 meetings citywide: “The locations are the result of this very public process, the most extensive of any transportation project in city history.”

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  • David on Middagh

    Oh, dear. MO, you’ve been baiting G for months. When the Disqus switchover caused him to leave, you and at least one other person kept invoking his name until he finally came back. You can’t go crying to Homer now!

  • MonroeOrange

    not crying…just saying, Gerry has hit below the belt. I never said anything bad about his family, just him. But i expect nothing less from him.

    PS..can’t wait for his open house..ill be visiting and peeing on his floor!

  • Hicks St Guy

    did you like that R Kelly song a few years ago, M/O?

  • Wiley E.

    Make sure you drink 2 6-packs before you visit.

  • Joe A

    It’s not meant for tourists. That is why it is priced the way it is. It is for commuting to work and is very reasonably placed if you look at it that way.

    It will be very successful as it has been in all the cities it has been implemented.

  • Joe A

    There is risk in absolutely everything in life. I’m amazed at people that want to live in some sort of bubble wrapped risk free world.

  • Joe A

    Your poor children. Probably afraid of their own shadows. Nothing worse than overprotective parents.

  • MonroeOrange

    i do and my dog does too ;)

  • David on Middagh

    G hit you below the belt, MO? Then vote his comment down. That’s why we all are suffering this painful-to-read, over-engineered comment system: so that the community will be self-moderating! It doesn’t work, of course, because tech can’t replace timely and thoughtful human action, but now that’s it’s here, you could at least have the decency to instantiate ONE downvote as a token of respect for what the rest of us have suffered via this infernal shifting Hogswartian staircase.