Some locals will be thrilled, others enraged. At this hour, workers are re-installing a City Bike station at the intersection of Grand and Henry streets, a short distance away from Frank’s Bike Shop.
The city temporarily removed the station in June to accommodate Con Ed utility work. Some residents smelled a conspiracy, theorizing that the terminal had been yanked out due to pressure from a sizable group of people protesting the location so near Frank’s, which they felt endangered his survival. Via the community board, the Department of Transportation gave assurances that the station, located in an area poorly served by public transportation, would be restored. Today, they made good on that promise.
Meanwhile, another station at Grand and East Broadway, which was established later in the summer, has gone offline. A worker on site told us the docking units and kiosks are being upgraded; he did not say how long this location would be out of commission. But according to Citi Bike’s Twitter feed:
Today we’re moving the station that’s been temporarily at E Broadway/Grand back to Henry/Grand since ConEd construction is done.
— Citi Bike (@CitibikeNYC) August 28, 2013
So, we’ll have to see whether both stations actually end up staying.
(Thanks to TLD reader Sabina, who noticed this tweet).