Showing posts with label Citi Bikes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Citi Bikes. Show all posts

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Saturday's opening shots

Hop on this limited-edition pedal-assist Citi Bike on First Street! Be the envy of your fellow Citi Bikers...

Saturday, February 19, 2022

2 new Citi Bike docking stations for Avenue A

The Citi Bike expansion in the East Village saw the arrival of two new docking stations on Avenue A this past week ... with 41 docks between 11th Street and 12th Street outside Steinerville (above) ... and 41 docks between 13th Street and 14th Street...
In November, DOT reps told a Community Board 3 committee that "demand shows 1,804 docks [are] still needed in CB3." The proposal calls for an installation of 683 docks for now, with more capacity coming by extending existing stations. (Find the presentation here.)

Other new Citi Bike locations include Fifth Street at Avenue A, Fourth Street at Avenue B, Seventh Street at Avenue B, Sixth Street at Second Avenue and 14th Street at First Avenue (SW corner) and 10th Street at Second Avenue. 

And for anyone keeping tabs on parking around Avenue A, the removal of the abandoned dining structure Thursday outside the former August Laura gave back four spots on Sixth Street ...

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Citi Bike docking stations arrive on 5th Street, 7th Street

As a follow-up to our post yesterday... a reader shares that workers have installed the new Citi Bike docking stations on Fifth Street at Avenue A (48 docks) and Seventh Street west of Avenue B (47 docks) ...
According to a DOT presentation last month, "demand shows 1,804 docks [are] still needed in CB3." For now, though, the proposal calls for an installation of 683 docks ... with more capacity coming by extending existing stations.

The presentation showed 11 new stations, with an "equipment swap" on 10th Street between A and B and an expansion of the existing station on 13th Street at Avenue A. This EVG post has a map of where the docking stations are due.

Let us know if you spot any other new docking stations in the neighborhood. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

New Citi Bike docking stations on the way in this week

Looks like the Citi Bike expansion in the East Village is happening sooner than later. 

A few No Parking notices have gone up on several side streets where new docking stations are arriving... we've seen announcements for today and tomorrow on Seventh Street west of Avenue B (thanks, Dave on 7th!) as well as on Fifth Street at Avenue A (thanks JG!) for tomorrow and Thursday ...
In November, DOT reps gave Community Board 3's Transportation, Public Safety, & Environment Committee an update about Citi Bike's expansion in the East Village and Lower East Side. 

That presentation is online now right here. (The DOT made presentations to other Community Boards, and find those via this link.)

According to the presentation, "demand shows 1,804 docks [are] still needed in CB3." For now, though, the proposal calls for an installation of 683 docks ... with more capacity coming by extending existing stations.

The presentation showed 11 new stations, with an "equipment swap" on 10th Street between A and B and an expansion of the existing station on 13th Street at Avenue A. At the moment, we don't know how many of the 11 new stations will be installed this week.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Here are the proposed locations for new Citi Bike docking stations in the East Village

Admittedly overdue on a follow-up on this story... last month, DOT reps provided Community Board 3's Transportation, Public Safety, & Environment Committee an update about Citi Bike's expansion in the East Village and Lower East Side. 

That presentation is online now right here. (The DOT is making presentations to other Community Boards this month, and find all that via this link.)

According to the presentation, "demand shows 1,804 docks [are] still needed in CB3." For now, though, the proposal calls for an installation of 683 docks ... with more capacity coming by extending existing stations.

The maps below (click on the images for more detail) show where the infill is slated. The green dots are extensions at existing stations (the only EV extension on the map is at 13th Street and Avenue A) ... while the red circles denote new stations (11 in total, with an "equipment swap" on 10th Street between A and B) ... 
A study by the DOT and Citi Bike found that the ride-sharing service was falling behind in keeping up with the cycling demand of New Yorkers.

As Streetsblog reported on Nov. 2:
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."

In other words, too many people are either showing up at docks that are empty or trying to return bikes to full racks. Even as it is breaking its own records, Citi Bike estimates that it lost 4 million rides in 2021 because customers are getting frustrated. The company cited the ridership increases as well as "unpredictable commuting patterns as a result of the pandemic.

"An unbalanced system results in riders finding empty or full docks during periods of peak demand," a problem that cannot be totally mitigated through rebalancing or Bike Angels, the company said.
Stories of Citi Bikers wandering around for 30 minutes looking for an open dock — or just a bike — in the evening have become common in recent months. (East Village resident and cycling advocate Sophie Maerowitz wrote an op-ed on the topic for amNY on Nov. 15.) 

The Times checked in with an article on the topic as well the other day, reporting that through Nov. 17, Citi Bike had recorded 25.2 million rides in 2021, 4 million more than in all of 2019. (Citi Bike debuted here in 2013.) 

But!
[A]s the city has sought to accommodate the surge in both bike-share use and overall cycling by adding hundreds of miles of bike lanes, it has provoked a backlash from drivers and some elected officials who complain that parking and driving are now more difficult.
No word on when the infill might happen within the confines of Community Board 3. The DOT and Citi Bike said they plan to add 8,000 more docks and 4,000 more bikes by the end of 2022, mostly in Manhattan.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Your chance to hear Citi Bike's expansion plans

Community Board 3's Transportation, Public Safety, & Environment Committee will hear from city DOT reps tonight about Citi Bike's expansion in the East Village and Lower East Side.

The meeting invite simply notes, "NYC DOT will present on Citi Bike infill stations for CB3."
As Streetsblog editor 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."

Also:

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. 
The East Village is among the neighborhoods experiencing the greatest need for infill docks, per a Citi Bike tweet from last week...
Tonight's virtual meeting, which starts at 6:30, will likely highlight where (and when) these new docks might appear.

You can tune in to the meeting via this Zoom link.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Tracking an abandoned Citi Bike on 6th Street

In the past month or so, a derelict Citi Bike (a hard-to-find pedal-assist ebike) has been seemingly abandoned over at the docking station on Sixth Street and Avenue B. 

EVG regular Salim started taking photos of it in its various states... 
Per Salim: 
It's chained to the station itself, which often has valet staff. It moved around over the weeks and gradually lost some parts (but not been stripped entirely). The bike fascinates me: why hasn't Citi Bike reclaimed it? Who chained it in the first place? 
All good questions!
For anyone else keeping tabs on this... as of today, the Citi Bike is no longer chained to anything...
Updated 5:30 p.m.

Someone had removed the Citi Bike carcass...    

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Noted

An EVG reader shared these photos (thank you!) from last night around 10 from the Citi Bike docking station on Sixth Street at Avenue B...
Not sure why there's a pile of Citi Bikes here... this station has had a valet in recent weeks... perhaps the valet was off-duty? Or someone was sacrficing the bikes that don't work...

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

A new home for this Citi Bike docking station

An EVG reader told us that the Citi Bike docking station on the east side of First Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street has been moved (as of yesterday) ... from the sidewalk to the roadway. 

The station with 51 docks arrived here in December 2019. At the time, some residents complained that the docking station took up too much sidewalk space. 

Now, as the reader noted, the docking station takes the place of several parking spaces ... including a spot for the fruit vendor's van, which was spotted around the corner...

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Citi Bike's EV expansion

New Citi Bike docking stations arrived the week of Feb. 15 on First Street just west of First Avenue (above) ... and on Fifth Street at Cooper Square ...
Signage is also up for a new docking station on Third Street west of First Avenue (wasn't there one here originally?)...
I believe there are other new docking stations in the neighborhood (behind on my expansion updates). 

Oh, and speaking of the new docking station on First Street... a reader asked about what happened here the other day...
It looks as if a vehicle smashed through a few docks and plowed into the fence at First Park... 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Citi Bike docking station arrives on 12th Street at Avenue C



Almost one year ago to the day, Citi Bike announced citywide expansion plans for its fleet, a plan that included two new docking stations in the East Village — First Avenue at Fifth Street and 12th Street at Avenue C.

The First Avenue docking station arrived the middle of last month. And now last week, the docking station showed up on 12th Street and Avenue C...



This new Citi station features 41 docks for bikes.

H/T Choresh!

Previously on EV Grieve:
A look at where Citi Bike is expanding in the East Village

Monday, January 13, 2020

A new Citi Bike station arrives on 4th Avenue



From the EVG tipline — news of a new Citi Bike docking station on Fourth Avenue at 12th Street... this one holds 34 bikes...



A reader thought this one replaced the docking station on 12th Street west of Third Avenue. That one remains, however...

Monday, December 16, 2019

New Citi Bike station arrives on 1st Avenue


[Photos by Steven]

A new Citi Bike docking station with 51 docks arrived on the east side of First Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street late last week...



This was one of the two new docking stations that Citi Bike said they'd add to the East Village this year. Still no sign of one at the other promised location, 12th Street and Avenue C, though a Citi Bike rep said that remains in the works.

Previously on EV Grieve:
A look at where Citi Bike is expanding in the East Village

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Citi Bike unveils new valet service on St Mark's Place and 1st Avenue; more to come


[Rando image via Citi Bike]

Starting today, Citi Bike is bringing some of its valet stations back into service ... in addition, Citi Bike is introducing several new valet stations in the neighborhood.

Background: Citi Bike offers valet service at high-volume stations during peak usage times. Each station is staffed by a Citi Bike rep ... to help reduce the frustration that riders face when arriving at a full docking station.

Here's the list of Citi Bike's new or returning valets in the area...

Today:
St Mark's Place at First Avenue (New)
Second Street at Avenue B (Returning)

Early April:
University Place at 14th Street (New)
Allen Street at Stanton (New)
First Avenue at 16th Street (Returning)

Early May:
Seventh Street at Avenue A (New)

And the valet service is ongoing on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B.

More details are at this link.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Docking blues: Doing the 'checking-all-of-the-Citi Bike-stations dance'

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Station on 10th Street along Tompkins Square Park now one of the largest in the Citi Bike system



A work crew arrived yesterday afternoon to install more Citi Bike docks along Tompkins Square Park on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B... EVG regular Daniel shared these photos...







Citi Bike announced in January that they are boosting service in the busiest parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn by adding 1,250 new bikes and 2,500 docks.

As noted last week, we've seen expansions at Sixth Street at Avenue B with 27 more bikes, Second Street at Avenue C (plus 25) and Second Street at Avenue B (plus 25).

With the extra 27 bikes added on 10th Street yesterday, this docking station is now one of the largest in the Citi Bike system...


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Where Citi Bike has expanded on East Village streets


[Photo from last month by Riian Kant-McCormick]

Back in January, Citi Bike announced that they are boosting service in the busiest parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn by adding 1,250 new bikes and 2,500 docks.

And as you may have noticed, more docks have arrived at several East Village sites, including Sixth Street at Avenue B (above) with 27 more bikes ... Second Avenue at Avenue C (plus 25)...



... and Second Street at Avenue B (plus 25) ...



These were the three docking stations set to receive the biggest boost in bikes. (This previous post has more details.)

And look for new docking stations coming soon to First Avenue at Fifth Street and Avenue C and 12th Street...


Meanwhile, last Thursday, Citi Bike announced a major expansion of its fleet of pedal-assist e-bikes, with 4,000 hitting docking stations in the months ahead. However, there will be an additional fee, $2 per trip, to use one — even if you already have a Citi Bike membership.

People have criticized the $2 charge. Here's a quickie recap via a Streetsblog post from Monday:

The $2 fee — waived for Citi Bike members until April 27 — has come under fire from many quarters since it was announced this week, with some foes likening it to a fare hike on what should be a form of public transportation, yet is ostensibly a public-private partnership even though the city allocates no public money. Others reminded that Citi Bike has a monopoly on service, with dockless rivals Jump and Lime only allowed to operate in small pilot zones in the Bronx and Staten Island.

Previously on EV Grieve:
A look at where Citi Bike is expanding in the East Village

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A look at where Citi Bike is expanding in the East Village


[Archived photo from 4th Street by Derek Berg]

The East Village bike fleet is getting a boost. Citi Bike tweeted out its expansion plans for 2019 yesterday...


The tweet included links to the presentations that DOT officials made to local Community Boards in recent months about the expansion. (The presentation to CB3 from Nov. 12 is at this link. And the final expanded docking-station map is here.)

According to the DOT materials, there are 50 existing Citi Bike docking stations within the boundaries of Community Board 3*; 19 of those will see of expansion of anywhere between two and 27 bikes ... with four more stations added overall.

This map shows the existing Citi Bike docking stations above East Houston up to 14th Street. As the map shows, the new docking stations will be coming to 12th Street and Avenue C (32 bikes) ... and First Avenue and Sixth Street (number of bikes not listed) ...


[Click on image for more detail]

This map outlines the number of additional bikes coming to existing docking stations... with the biggest gains on Sixth Street at Avenue B (plus 27), 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B (plus 25), and Avenue C and Second Street (plus 25)...



There isn't a definite timeline on these additions — "in the coming months" per the Citi Bike tweet, and "early 2019" per the CB3 presentation.

In late November, Citi Bike announced that it was tripling its current fleet of 12,000 bikes — and doubling the system’s coverage area — as part of a five-year, $100-million investment from the company’s new owner, Lyft. This addition makes Citi Bike the largest bike-share system in North America.

* The boundaries of CB3 are 14th Street on the north, the East River on the east and the south, and Fourth Avenue and the Bowery on the west, extending to Baxter and Pearl Streets and the Brooklyn Bridge south of Canal Street.