Gersh Kuntzman reported last week:
Citi Bike says it needs to add thousands of docks within its existing Manhattan service area to handle the ongoing bike boom, but so far, the Department of Transportation has not kept up with the Lyft-owned bike company’s requests — and millions of rides are not happening as a result.In a bombshell statement that dropped extremely quietly last week, Citi Bike announced that it needs the DOT to provide it with sites for an immediate Lyft-funded infusion of docks and bikes because the system is under "added stress [in] its original service area, which serves a disproportionate number of the total rides."
Citi Bike docks currently occupy just .5 percent of curb space. But sitting those docks has proven to be a perennial challenge to the DOT, which seeks community board input for every single location. As a result, many are sited on sidewalks rather than in curbside spots, which has the double-edged problem of discriminating against pedestrians while also doing nothing to discourage car ownership.
Tonight's virtual meeting, which starts at 6:30, will likely highlight where (and when) these new docks might appear.
Citi Bike fam!— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) November 2, 2021
We're partnering w/ @NYC_DOT to add 8k new docks and 4k bikes in 2022.
Through the "infill" process, we will be adding/extending more docks to reduce the # of empty stations and keep you moving! 🚲💙
Check out this priority-area heat map based on DOT data. pic.twitter.com/17IuTu4pgj