Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, is expected to roll out new stations between 86th and 110th street starting in August, and add more stations below 86th to address a shortage at certain times of the day.
As we reported last week, some locals have complained that there are too few Citi Bikes available, particularly after the early-morning rush, in the section of the Upper West Side that already has Citi Bikes (below 86th street). The city has not yet announced where the new station might be placed in areas that already have Citi Bikes, and the Department of Transportation did not respond to a request for comment.
The city put out a statement that says they’ll be meeting with affected communities but haven’t specified when and where on the UWS. We’ll update you when they do.
“To improve density, DOT and Motivate will bring as many as 42 additional stations to portions of the system installed in 2015, including the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan, and portions planned for installation in 2016 and 2017. A denser network helps ensure that a Citi Bike station is always close at hand, providing a more robust, reliable service for seasoned riders and first-time users alike. DOT will be discussing these new “infill” stations with affected communities in the weeks ahead, beginning this Thursday evening, May 19, at Community Board 6 in Brooklyn.”