City says New Yorkers designed bike share

The bike share starts in May.
The bike share starts in May.

After several delays, the bike share is coming in May, and it’s coming the way New Yorkers want it.

That’s the message from the Department of Transportation in a report released today about hundreds of meetings with New Yorkers before implementing the much-anticipated bike program.

The bike share, which was supposed to launch last summer, then in March, was further delayed when Hurricane Sandy wrecked electrical equipment.

According to the DOT, the city held nearly 400 meetings, with community boards, politicians and civic groups, seeking all New Yorkers’ input on the program.

And preference varied by borough – in Manhattan, community boards wanted stations away from sidewalks, but in Brooklyn, they wanted stations on sidewalks.

Through this process, they finalized about 300 station locations from requests made in 10,000 online suggestions and 55,0000 additional messages, the DOT reported.

The DOT said this was the most extensive public consultation for a transportation project in the city’s history.

“Citi Bike is a transportation system designed by New Yorkers, for New Yorkers,” DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said.



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