CitiBikes somehow made their way to West 80th street last month, and then got unceremoniously dumped in the trash. Photo by William.
A deal to expand CitiBike that the city has been working on for months finally came to fruition on Tuesday, and that means that the bikes will finally come to the Upper West Side. Right now the bike sharing network stops at 58th street.
But even if you’re excited about the expansion, don’t break out the champagne just yet. Because it could still be awhile before the bikes actually make it here.
The city says the program will double in size by 2017, expanding to Queens, further into Brooklyn, and up to Harlem. But the first expansion, starting next year, will be into Williamsburg and Long Island City. After that they’ll be coming to the Upper East and West Sides (see map below), but the Department of Transportation couldn’t give us more specific timing beyond “by 2017.”
Before that, there will be extensive public hearings on where to put the docking stations, DOT says: “DOT will begin the community outreach on bikeshare again before we can plan specifics locations of docks and get definitive timelines. The existing 332 stations were selected through an 18 month community input process so community outreach for this expansion is key to planning specific dock locations and getting them on the ground.”
Once the expansion is complete, there will be 12,000 bikes — up from 6,000 now — and an additional 375 stations.
The cost of an annual CitiBike membership is also rising, to $149 from $95. NYCHA residents will still be able to pay $60.