Brooklyn Eagle Reports On The BHA’s ‘Optimism’ About Citi Bike Share Program

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.


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  • Lydia M. Gordon

    I don’t own a car so I’m not concerned about parking space. What concerns me is the flagrant disregard of traffic rules and regulations by bicyclists, especially delivery persons, but cyclists in general. Is there going to be any way to police the increased cyclists once this bike program begins? Will the cyclists still be able to ride through a red light and travel in the opposite direction of traffic and ride on the sidewalk? We poor pedestrians will have to grow another pair of eyes.

  • Wiley E.

    Let’s put cops on bikes. But NY’s finest are probably to fat and slow to catch anyone.

    Maybe we could hire part-time college students. The pay could help them pay-off their student loans. They could work on commission like the NJ State police do with speeding tickets.

  • Eric Weisburg

    As a cyclist, I agree with your assertion that delivery persons are frequent offenders of existing rules that aren’t enforced, such as traveling in the opposite direction of traffic. However, pedestrians , of which I am one as well, need to recognize that they belong on sidewalks and not bike lanes.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Hey! You can now sign-up for Citi Bike! Check it out:

  • w

    Often, there is no room to walk on the sidewalks. Too many people, and too many super-wide baby carriages blocking the sidewalks at all times.