Sunday, May 5, 2013

Brooklyn #Citibike Bike Share Program Installed in #Dumbo

Citibike on Front Street at Washington StDumbo NYC, Brooklyn » Archive » Citibike Bike Share Program Installed in Dumbo (DumboNYC.com)
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New York City’s bike share program, called Citibike is expected to launch in May. The program will allow members to use one of 6000 bikes from 330 stations in Midtown, Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The bike stations have been installed in the following locations in and around Dumbo:

North side of Old Fulton Street near Water Street – 41 bike docks
North side of Front Street near Washington Street – 30 bike docks
West side of Pearl Street near Water Street – 24 bike docks
South side of York Street near Jay Street – 27 bike docks
South side of Front Street near Gold Street – 23 bike docks
North side of Sands Street near Gold Street – 19 bike docks
East side of Cadman Plaza East near Red Cross Place – 27 bike docks
West side of Cadman Plaza West near Middagh Street – 23 bike docks
The bike program has had some delay and some controversy surrounding the bike racks with advertising in Historic Landmark locations (such as in Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, and Fulton Ferry Landing). Gothamist spoke with the LPC:

Citibike at Pearl Street Triangle“Landmarks Preservation Commission says that the stations are just fine, since the landmarks law generally allows advertising in historic districts—including on street fixtures like bus shelters, pay toilets and newsstands. “We approved the plan for the installation of bike share stations in historic districts throughout the city because they have no effect on the historic fabric of those neighborhoods,” said Elisabeth de Bourbon, the commission’s communications director”

In a Brooklyn Eagle article, store owners on Front Street in Dumbo said they were not notified or consulted with before the bike stations were installed. Doreen Gallo of the preservation group DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance (DNA) said in the article, “DOT never contacted us and never brought it through Landmarks. It’s more visual clutter in the wrong spot. That’s a great open space and it should be an open piazza; but they keep adding more and more crap. It’s an inappropriate use of this great municipal space.”

The Front Street location (top photo) seems to be a tight fit for the traffic that goes by in the busy intersection where delivery trucks pass. Thoughts?