Bike Sharing NYC: Citizen Involvement

By Elizabeth Myer

Remember when we blogged about bike sharing in New York City? We’ve got a great follow-up! The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has made progress since they issued a press release seeking proposals for private companies to provide a bike share system in NYC last November. Here is what we know so far: Next summer, NYC DOT will launch the bike sharing program by introducing 10,000 new bikes that will be scattered across 600 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The best part? New York City residents can participate in public workshops to determine the exact location of these stations. 

Flickr photo via www.flickr.com/photos/bike/3992058452/

As someone who has never owned a car and frequently gets around on two wheels, I am particularly excited about the promise to establish a publicly available, sustainable transportation option for New Yorkers and visitors. This is a great opportunity to get out there and get involved. Interested parties are encouraged to attend tonight’s workshop: 

Mon. Feb 6th: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Join Manhattan’s Community Board 2, and local residents and business owners at a roundtable planning workshop to help decide how bike share should work and where stations should go in the West Village, Tribeca and and SoHo.  In partnership with Community Board 2, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, and NYS Senator Tom Duane. The Workshop will take place at Our Lady of Pompeii, 25 Carmine Street in Manhattan.

Can’t make it tonight? Click here for a complete list of community planning workshops.