July 31, By Nathaly Pesantez
The locations for the much anticipated Citi Bike system in Astoria have been announced, with close to 60 sites planned for the neighborhood.
The planned area is bordered by the Queensboro Bridge in the south, partly by Northern Boulevard, 44th Street, and Steinway Street in the east, and by Ditmars Boulevard on the north, covering the northern border of Astoria Park.
A tweet sent by the official Citi Bike Twitter account said the bikes will be available in “Late September/Early October.”
“We don’t have official dates yet, but promise to release them as soon as we do!” part of the July 24 tweet reads.
A spokesperson for the DOT said the bikes are expected to be installed late summer, and while there are currently no changes to this plan, the timeline could possibly shift.
The final map was released on July 28 by the Department of Transportation, who, along with Community Board 1, chose sites for the Citi Bike stations through public workshops and meetings.
Nine stations were revised from the draft first released in April by the DOT for proposed locations.
Astoria will join Long Island City in being the only locations in Queens where Citi Bike is offered. Citi Bike established locations in Long Island City in August 2015.
The bike share system has boasted increased ridership over the years since it was first introduced to New York City in 2013, with a new daily record of 70,286 trips set on July 26.