VIDEO: Leaders meet in Cobble Hill to seek community council approval for Citi Bike expansion
August 15 | By Scott Enman
With Citi Bike stations popping up in a new corner every week and with 10,000 blue bikes already on the streets, it’s no secret that bike sharing is immensely popular among New Yorkers.
The program continues to break ridership records each year with over 10 million rides in 2015 and 14 million rides in 2016. And on July 26, Citi Bike set a new daily record with 70,286 rides.
The only other bike sharing program in the western world with more annual trips is the Velib de Paris.
With Citi Bike headquarters located in Sunset Park and a new flagship operating facility opening in Gowanus on Tuesday, Brooklyn has slowly but surely become the heart and soul of the city-wide bike-sharing program.
âI am delighted to welcome Citi Bike to its new home in Gowanus, where it will continue to employ New Yorkers and keep 10,000 (and increasingly) bikes up to date,â said board member Brad. Lander, who represents Gowanus. âIt’s a victory for our community.
âCiti Bike is valuable public infrastructure that offers people a new, useful and convenient transit option. It’s a healthy, environmentally friendly, and safe form of transportation that also provides great jobs for New Yorkers.
The system has grown from 6,000 bicycles to 10,000 bicycles since its inception in May 2013.
The service has 600 stations in 55 neighborhoods, including Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
The opening of the new facility is an effort by Citi Bike to expand its infrastructure while keeping pace with the program’s success to date.
With an average of around 57,000 trips per day and 2,000 more bikes soon to join its fleet, Gowanus’ new facility will ensure that mechanics can fix bikes faster and get them back to the streets sooner.
âBiking has become synonymous with Brooklyn,â said Transportation Alternatives executive director Paul Steely White. Brooklyn eagle. âThere are more cyclists in the borough of Brooklyn than there are in the entire city of San Francisco or Portland, Oregon, which most people say is the biking mecca in the States. -United.
âWe were swept away by this cultural wave which invaded the country and symbolized a new urban way of life, and the bicycle is in the foreground and this is due to the fact that the bicycle network has matured in the borough. from Brooklyn.
The increase in the popularity of the bike is largely due to the implementation of Citi Bike, according to White.
âCiti Bike has totally changed the game for New York,â he said. âHis most exciting contribution is how he normalized cycling. It has become so convenient to use and you have so many new people trying it out.
The new 16,000 square foot facility is located at 77 14th St., adjacent to the Analog BKNY nightclub.
It will employ 450 people, the majority of whom are members of Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union (TWU). They will mainly be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the bicycles.
The facility will house the company’s bike mechanics, and the program’s terrain bike mechanics and station technicians will visit there each day before they hit the streets.
At the inauguration on Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was joined by council members Lander and Carlos Menchanca, Deputy President Felix Ortiz and public attorney Letitia James, among other advocates. local transport, elected officials and members of the TWU union.
âI applaud Citi Bike owner Motivate for providing high quality union jobs while providing essential transportation service,â said Menchaca, whose district includes Sunset Park.
âI call for the expansion of Citi Bike to all corners of New York City. At a time when other transit options fail, Citi Bike has proven how other means of transportation can benefit both congested areas and areas lacking in transportation.