Upper West Siders are big Citi Bike users and now there’s an expanded station on the edge of the neighborhood that should make finding a bike slightly easier. The station at 59th and 10th Avenue got 24 new docks this week, meaning it now has 79 — tied for the most in the city.
We say it will make it “slightly” easier because Upper West Siders say that there are often no bikes at all in other parts of the neighborhood, even as early as 7 a.m. “The 120th station (between Claremont and Riverside) and the 116th station (between Broadway and Claremont) is regularly completely empty at 7 a.m.,” one rider wrote to us in January.
Citi Bike has attempted to remedy the shortages, but given that we still hear complaints it sounds like the problem isn’t fully solved. The company says it’s working on a broader plan to solve shortages.
“This boost in service is part of the overall infill plan announced last year, which will add 1250 more bikes and 2500 more docks at stations in Citi Bike’s busiest areas: between Canal and 59th Street and in Northern Brooklyn. As of today, February 7, the Citi Bike team will have added more than 650 additional docks at stations in Citi Bike’s busiest areas – important progress towards completing their infill goals in advance of warmer weather this spring.”