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Citi Bike to arrive in LIC spring 2015

Citibike2Oct. 28, 2014 By Christian Murray

Citi Bike will be coming to Long Island City in the spring of 2015, according to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office.

Long Island City is likely to get 10 docking stations–which Van Bramer secured in 2012–although some of these sites may be up for review while others added, according to his office.

“I am thrilled that Citi Bike is expanding into Queens,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “I’ve been pushing to have bike share in Western Queens for years and now the dream has become a reality.:

The expansion into LIC is part of a city wide push to bring the bike share program to a more New Yorkers. The Citi Bike system is expected to have more than 700 docking stations by the end of 2017– twice the number as of today.

The expansion is being funded in part by $30 million from private investors Bikeshare Holdings LLC, which has acquired Alta Bicycle Share, the company that runs Citi Bike.

Former MTA head Jay Walder will take over as CEO of Alta, according to the announcement.

LIC docking stations

  • Center of 48th Avenue near Vernon Boulevard – This station will have 31 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street)
  • Center of Vernon Boulevard near 50th Avenue (Vernon Mall) – This station will have 31 docks and will be located in a public park or plaza.
  • North side of 45th Road near 11th Street (Murray Playground) – This station will have 27 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
  • South side of 46th Avenue near Jackson Avenue – This station will have 23 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street.
  • South side of 44th Drive near Jackson Avenue – This station will have 35 docks and will be located on private property (pending)
  • West side of 21st Street near 43rd Avenue – This station will have 23 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
  • West side of 21st Street near Queens Plaza North – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
  • South side of Queens Plaza North near Crescent Street – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
  • East side of 31st Street near Thomson Avenue – This station will have 27 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street.
  • West side of 2nd Street near 54th Avenue (Hunters Point Ferry Terminal) – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on private property (pending)
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excessive

This seems like a lot of “docking stations” in a fairly small radius of land. Is it really necessary to have a station every 3-4 blocks?

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SMDH

You’d be surprised how many people will ride them a few blocks, drop them off and ride a few more. I’m just not sure where people are going to ride them if there aren’t any stations in GP or whatever. You only have 30-45 minutes.

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No. They will be vandalized and robbed there. Only for upscale neighborhood, LIC. Come ride it from here.

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