Sept. 26, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
Citi Bike will be rolling in to Astoria sometime next year.
Community Board 1 announced on Twitter and Facebook that Citi Bike will be coming to the district following a meeting it had with the Department of Transportation earlier today.
Though the discussions are still in the preliminary stages, the goal is for Citi Bike to be installed in 50 to 60 locations throughout Astoria with 25 bikes at each station sometime in 2017, said CB1 District Manager Florence Koulouris.
Community Board 1 and the DOT will be hosting two town hall meetings for residents to discuss the placement of the Citi Bike docking stations, though the dates have not yet been announced.
“Community Board 1 wants all members of the board district to be aware of this and participate, and we don’t want to feel that anyone is being left out of the process, because it is important that all residents share information and participate,” Koulouris said.
She added that it is very important for residents to share their opinions during the process, so that residents are happy with the placement of the bike stations around the community.
The installation of Citi Bikes in the community would come more than three years after State Senator Mike Gianaris said that the bike share program would eventually expand its reach in to Astoria.
Put them all at Astoria Park. Our Sidewalks and Streets are crowded enough.
As long as they do not use my block to park these bikes…I am fine with it.
Perhaps with citibike, some of your neighbors will realize that they don’t need to own a car and you will still get to have your precious parking spot.
This is going to keep at least one more person off of the overcrowded subway (me).
Honest question here – why don’t you own a bike? You’re going to pay more in the long run, renting a bike. Unless the Citi Bike station is right outside your apartment and right outside your job, it won’t necessarily be all that convenient. I guess people just love Citi Corp. Support the big banks, I guess.
I use it in Manhattan.
I take the train to work but once I’m there I can jump on a bike to go a meeting in another building and then leave the bike and take the train home.
In this case, people can bike to work, leave the bike at the Citi Bike station and take the train home (if they want to) or bike back home.
I actually do own a bike and use it frequently for an Astoria->Upper West Side commute but sometimes I leave my car in one or the other location and have to take the subway to return.
In Manhattan I have a choice of several citibike stations within a couple of blocks. In Astoria, I expect to have one nearby as I am near one of the area’s bigger attractions (MMI).
For the price of a monthly metrocard I would have a year’s worth of riding.
This is going to be great for Astoria, I just hope they create enough stations and keep them filled – stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn tend to empty quickly for the morning commute.