The wheels just keep spinning on the controversial Citi Bike Share program. Today’s New York Post reports that The Department of Transportation told Brooklyn Community Board 2 not to hold an up-or-down vote on the bike-share proposal—and “did not do enough to engage the public” about where the racks would be located, a board employee has charged.
“We were instructed that they did not want us to vote on bike share. To me, that seems to indicate a bunker mentality,” says Robert Perris, district manager of the board, who told the Post that the Department has asked for a vote on nearly every other issue under its purview. “The DOT brings a lot of initiatives to our board—bike lanes, bike corrals, modifications to the traffic pattern, pedestrian plazas. In almost every single case, we’re asked to take a position.”
Perris says DOT explicitly asked CB2 not to vote on the bike-share program. He insists the Department “did not do enough to engage the public” about where 300 bike racks would be located citywide.
The agency’s presentation to the board last spring was attended by only 30 people, he adds, saying that most of the outreach was targeted toward cyclists, not property owners. By the time the Department reached out to the board this spring, maps for rack locations were already drawn.
A Department spokesman called Perris’ claim false, saying the agency held 400 meetings with the public and elected officials.