Citi Bike Stations Officially Hit Greenpoint

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They’re heeeeere

Whether you what to cheer or sneer, Citi Bike has begun the first wave of its Greenpoint bike installations. Over the weekend, rows of blue bikes cropped up on streets like tactical operatives ready to whisk us off at any minute. Following in the footsteps of other bike sharing programs in cities like Paris, Rome and Mexico City, Citi Bike’s expansion into Brooklyn was designed to ease city street congestion and give commuters an alternative means of transportation.

Until the end of this month Citi Bike is luring new customers by offering a $25 dollars discount off the $149 yearly membership. Sign into the Citi Bike club and you’ll be able to take those shiny new wheels to your next destination, so long as each ride is 45 minutes or less.

Before you hit the starting gate familiarize yourselves with NYC’s bike riding traffic rules. And now, without further adieu, let’s check out where all these blue babies are parked around the hood.

As of Wednesday August 19th, Greenpoint has 9 new bike stations installed on:

Franklin St & Dupont St

McGuinness Blvd & Eagle St

Norman Ave & Leonard St

Banker St & Meserole Ave

Greenpoint Ave & Manhattan Ave

India St & Manhattan Ave

Meserole Ave & Manhattan Ave

Milton St & Franklin St

Nassau Ave & Russell St

The first wave of Citbike stations to hit Greenpoint this weekend
The first wave of Citbike stations to hit Greenpoint this weekend

And as of Saturday August 15th, Williamsburg got an additional 7 stations including:

31st St & Thomson Ave

Bedford Ave & Nassau Ave

Leonard St & Bayard Ave

North 12th St & Bedford Ave

North 11th St & Wythe Ave

Kent Avenue & North 7th St

Berry Street & North 8th Street

Williamsburg installed bike stations in blue. Yellow markers indicate future installation locations
Williamsburg installed bike stations in blue. Yellow markers indicate future installation locations.

By the summer’s end, Greenpoint and Williamsburg will see a whopping 53 Citi Bike stations installed from as far up as Eagle and Franklin Streets down to Bedford Ave and South 9th Street.

And that’s not all…

If you think 53 stations sounds like lot blue bikes on the road, well think again. Since 2013 Citi Bike has installed 6,000 bikes at 332 stations, and with its recent foray into the boroughs, the rental sharing program expects to have 12,000 bikes available at over 700 locations by 2017. Talk about a lot of cyclists!

While the bike sharing program is meant to be a fun and sustainable way to commute in a city with serious traffic congestion, some haven’t seen that way. Residents opposed to the program have voiced concerns over reckless bikers on city streets and the death of neighborhood parking spaces. On the flip side, other neighbors welcome the bike expansion as a way to alleviate the lack of quality transportation up here in North Brooklyn.

Greenpoint for many years has been a very bike friendly place precisely out of necessity. So whether you love Citi Bike’s expansion into our neighborhood or loathe it, the blue bikes are here to stay.

For more information about how to sign up, please visit the Citi Bike website for more details.

 

 

 

About Kim M

Kim is a native New Yorker, local activist and writer. When she's not writing books or playing Erin Brockovich with her Save Greenpoint peeps, you will see her whipping around Greenpoint on her bike, chatting it up with folks, and sharing stories about what it is about her hometown that makes life worth living. Follow her on twitter @kimasson or www.kimmassonwrites.com

3 Comments

  1. VoiceOfTruth says:

    I’m firmly in favor of adding bikes, even if it means less parking and idiot tourists mucking up the works, but putting bike stations in the street in a busy intersection on Greenpoint Avenue and Manhattan Avenue is madness. I watched several inexperienced cyclists struggle pulling bikes out of the rack, backing directly into traffic with their backs to the road and others weaving into traffic as they learned how to control their bikes. There will be someone hit and soon. I understand it is close to the subway but of all the corners they picked the worst. It was an astonishingly poor decision. Other locations are not bad. Adding one by the ferry pier is a no brainer.

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  2. shrimptoast says:

    thanks for the info and map! how much does it cost (if you don’t do the yearly thing) and how does it work payment-wise?

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    • Kim M says:

      Hi Shrimptoast,

      If you don’t want to do the yearly membership, Citi bike has 7 day and 24hr passes. For a 24 hr/7day pass, you can go to a Citi bike kiosk and buy one with your cc or debit card. When you buy a pass at the station, it’ll give you a code to unlock a bike. You’ll be able to use the bike within a 30 min period. If you need more time than that, they tack on a few dollars extra for the added minutes. It’s anywhere for $4-$12 depending on the extra minutes.

      Check out this link for the nitty-gritty details: https://www.citibikenyc.com/pricing

      Happy trails!

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