The first Citibike station on the Upper West Side was installed on Monday, as a long rack of bikes was placed next to Dante Park at 63rd street and Columbus Avenue.
Depending on how you look at it, the bikes are here either ahead of or behind schedule — ahead if you consider the fact that the Department of Transportation said they’d be here in the fall. Behind if you note that Citibike was really supposed to be here years ago.
Hey, glass half full, right?
Politicians plan to make an inaugural ride from the Upper East Side to the Upper West tomorrow; kind of like Washington crossing the Delaware, updated for the 21st century and maybe a little less heroic.
The remaining 20 stations below 86th street will be placed in the coming months — the DOT says it should take another three to four weeks to place them all. The stations above 86th should come early next year. Check out the full map of the stations here. And Community Board 7 has compiled a list of comments about the stations here (pdf).
Thanks to Charlie and Denton for the tips.