The Blue Bikes (@CitibikeNYC) are in Queens! The day has finally arrived and through my advocacy efforts we are unveiling Citi Bike for the first time in the borough today! Proud to have helped secure docking stations in LIC & Queensbridge. Our work isn’t done yet. I will continue working to make sure our City’s bike share program is established in Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside and beyond.
Well, that sounds pretty exciting! We did expect, however, that the bike share program would come to Queens, it’s just that we were never sure exactly when—seems like the time is now for LIC! The NY Times has more info on the remaining areas of Queens for the next expansion, thought they are still a bit vague:
Starting next year, the 12,000 bikes will be at more than 700 stations, including Astoria and Sunnyside, Queens; Red Hook, Park Slope and Greenpoint, Brooklyn; and the Upper East Side, Upper West Side and Harlem.
The article goes on to say that annual membership pricing will increase significantly: from the current price of $95 to $149; that’s a 60% increase. The good news is that more membership types are being considered, including monthly passes and “seasonal” passes (one guesses perhaps passes for the summer). Right now there are only annual, weekly ($25), and daily ($9.95) passes. More overall info on the expansion and rate change can be found on this Citi Bike blog post, published today.
Still, as awesome as some people feel about the bike share, there are folks that really think it’s crap. Some of the anti-bike-share commentary include strong feelings regarding the loss of parking and general notions that our taxpayer dollars have been flushed away for naught. How about you? Do you welcome the bike share to Queens or do you feel it is a waste on various levels. Leave us a comment or a tweet!