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In recent days, we’ve been fielding a number of emails from people concerned that a Citi Bike station at Grand and Henry is being permanently eliminated. But the station, we are told, is coming back.
Business owners and local residents turned out to tell a subcommittee of Community Board 3 and the Department of Transporation’s Colleen Chattergoon what they think about the month-old Citi Bike share program.
Suffolk and Stanton streets. Photo by Mike Brown.
Here’s a reminder for those readers who have something to say about Citi Bike’s presence in the neighborhood. Community Board 3’s subcommittee that deals with transportation and public safety issues will listen to concerns about the new bike sharing program at its meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at I.S. 131, 100 Hester St. Read our previous coverage here.
Our July/August print magazine cover story focuses on New York’s wildly popular — and controversial — bike share program.
Madison Street, near Gouverneur Street’ this morning.
That was fast. The city moved swiftly yesterday, adjusting a Citi Bike station placed in front a fire hydrant.
Madison Street near Montgomery.
TLD reader William sent along this photo from Madison Street, just east of Montgomery, where a new Citi Bike station popped up in the last couple of days, replacing another station that was located just a few steps away on Gouverneur Street. He points out that the docks were placed right in front of a fire hydrant. “If these were cars, there would be (parking) tickets all over,” he wrote.
Earlier today, a controversial Citi Bike station at Grand and Henry streets was removed by the Department of Transportation.
Citi Bikes at Hester And Elizabeth St. Station
The city’s Department of Transportation says Citi Bike is “pedaling past ridership records,” racking up more than 250,000 total trips in its first three weeks. Local elected officials and Community Board 3 report relatively few complaints in the early going, but one station in Chinatown is causing concern. Several store owners have voiced their disapproval of the station on Elizabeth Street, between Hester and Canal.
The other day, we paid a visit to Frank Arroyo of Frank’s Bike Shop to see how the beloved (and now – bizarrely – controversial) Lower East Side businessman is weathering the Citi Bike storm. Frank, operating on Grand Street for 37 years, found himself at the center of a bike share hullabaloo after the New York Post “exclusively” reported that he feared a nearby Citi Bike station could “run him out of business.” A petition demanding that the city move the station has more than 1,000 signatures. A counter petition has only attracted a couple dozen supporters, but commenters on The Lo-Down and elsewhere, longtime friends of Frank among them, have been arguing that Citi Bike is no threat to the local bike shop.