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Close to 60 locations finalized for Citi Bike in Astoria, expected to launch late Sept/Oct.

Citi Bike expanded into LIC in August, 2015

July 31, 2017 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.

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California bound

People in Europe have ridden bikes for decades………..they are polite, careful and conscious of one another. I’m sorry to say otherwise about many of the bikers I have encountered in Astoria. I cannot bike because of a physical condition so I must drive……I am a good careful , PATIENT driver but not for long……I have been cutoff, snuck up upon INCHES from my front wheels, rammed into and given the finger because I tried to park my car and biker thought he owned the lane. The delivery boys are insane……I know they need their jobs but what good are they dead……they observe NO RULES.

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Makes sense

November December January February. Waste of space. And shore blvd is shut down for the 15 people to ride their bikes down during those months.

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Albert

Why? You can’t increase the capacity of the streets. Since 1990 the population of this city has increased by about 1.2 million people. How will we accommodate all of those cars? The subways and busses are crowded. We can’t fit more cars on the roads. Bikes are clean, quiet, use no petro chemicals (and that means that we can lower the demand / cost of gas – you might like that part), and are a great form of exercise. Maybe we can import even less oil from abroad by giving people options like biking to work. Cars are indeed a necessary evil in many parts of the country but we can do better. Reckless cyclists are as stupid as reckless drivers and that’s a problem that has to be addressed but there are many benefits to all of us to increase bikes in the city. Now tell me what you think. Please.

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smoka

No wonder they are fixing so many roads and streets in Astoria. It took citibike to take over for the city to do anything about all those streets in need of repair.

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Jenastoria

The $160 annual fee is going to be too high for most people, except those who use it every day instead of the MTA. The city needs to come up with an alternate fee plan for occasional riders.

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Astoria Resident

The fee comes out to only about $13.50 per month. That’s about the price of one short cab ride or 5 rides on the subway. If you can cut that out every month and replace it with a bike ride, you basically break even. Additionally, if the membership fee was too low, the stations would always be empty at peak times because a lot of people would make use of it. I’d rather pay higher fee and be guaranteed a bike to be waiting for me than pay less and never be able to use it (especially if I depend on it to get to work on time).

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GREG

hahah a bike with no gears. Great for a ride on the boardwalk but not in the hilly terrain we have in the 5 boros.

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Lawrence Cohen

Hilly terrain??? You must think this IS the Astoria Post of Astoria Oregon and not Astoria Queens.

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GREG

You must not get of your house dufus! NYC has HIlls. Every go to the Bronx?? No get out your moms basement for once!

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Really Grinds my Gregs

Citibikes have several gears, try exercising some time and you’ll learn things.

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Wilfried

The bikes have three gears. Which, going by actual personal experience, are perfectly adequate for hills in in New York City, including the bridges. I ride my own three speed now in Astoria. Piece of cake.

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Wilfried

No, not a crime. But maybe, just maybe, car drivers will actually be made to pay for actual costs they incur to everyone by driving, in form of free storage for their private property on public streets (aka parking), road maintenance (bike paths and sidewalks last far longer than streets with cars, because cars cause far more wear and tear), congestion (you are not stuck in traffic, you are traffic), pollution, greenhouse gases, and poor health outcomes (due to pollution and lack of exercise). And not to mention the close to half a dozen deaths drivers cause every week on city streets. So no, driving shouldn’t banned, but drivers should bear the cost of their driving (which the rest of us non-driving taxpayers subsidize), and yes, more of city streets and resources should be devoted to less costly, more efficient, and less damaging forms of transportation.

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