The Department of Transportation has shifted some Citi Bike stations in the neighborhood in order to create new bike docks in spots that didn’t have them. But some locals were confused when the stations they tend to use were suddenly short-handed. Margot Rosenberg said several docking stations were removed from the site on Riverside Drive between 77th and 78th Street.
“They took out twenty bikes,” she wrote. “This is a really popular site and all of the bikes are usually taken during the morning commute.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation wrote that the docks were moved so they could reallocate the network of bikes. After complaints about a lack of bike density in the neighborhood, the city and Motivate, which runs the program, decided to add stations on Amsterdam between 78th and 79th, and on Amsterdam between 65th and 66th.
“Dock reallocation and the associated infill stations creates a higher density of stations by making existing stations slightly smaller and adding additional stations to a neighborhood. Overall station density and network connectivity are critical in ensuring equal access to stations.”
It does seem strange that they’re determined to keep the same number of total bikes, instead of simply adding new stations while keeping current stations fully stocked (particularly when those current stations had already been running out of bikes quickly at peak times.)