The Citi Bike Share program is scheduled to launch in May with pick up points around the city including Brooklyn Heights. The Brooklyn Eagle interviews BHA vp Patrick Killackey, who is also Deputy Chief, Performance and Reporting at MTA Capital Construction, talked to the paper about the program and the loss of some parking in the area to make room for bike stations.
Brooklyn Eagle: One thing that the BHA doesn’t expect is that the program will have a significant effect on traffic in the area. “We’ll see,” Killackey said. “An appreciable impact seems unlikely.”
Since the DOT began installing docks for the program there have been a few negative complaints. It seems the most frequent complaint has been the loss of parking spots.
“DOT made clear from the introduction of Bike Share that there would be some loss of parking. We asked DOT to consider this impact carefully in the siting plan for Brooklyn Heights, and we believe DOT was responsive to this.”
At the three Heights Bike Share locations that are on the street – rather than on the sidewalk or in a public plaza – there is expected to be a loss of roughly 8-10 spots.