Dec. 3, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
The NYC Dept. of Transportation plans to install Citi Bike docking stations in Sunnyside and Woodside in spring 2021 and is currently looking for community feedback as to where to site them.
The DOT is calling on the public to make suggestions via a portal on its website that will remain open through December.
The agency will be hosting a Virtual Information Session and a Q & A in coming weeks to discuss the Sunnyside-Woodside expansion, although a date has yet to be set. As part of the rollout, the DOT will also present its plans to Community Board 2.
The number of docking stations proposed for the area has yet to be determined and it is unclear how many bikes the DOT will provide to service the district.
The expansion is part of the DOT’s plan to build out the bike-sharing network across New York City that began in 2013 with Phase 1 of its installation process.
Citi Bike first came to Queens in 2015 under Phase 2 with docking stations in Long Island City. The network was then extended into Astoria and the far reaches of Long Island City in 2017.
The DOT is currently in the midst of Phase 3 of the Citi Bike expansion that involves doubling the service area across the city to 70 square miles and tripling the number of bikes to 40,000. As part of the latest phase, the DOT is scheduled to add about 50 docking stations in the northern section Astoria –within Community Board 1–early next year.
The expansion of Citi Bike into Sunnyside and Woodside would see all of the Community Board 2 district covered. Residents can make suggestions as to where they would like to see the stations installed on the DOT’s online portal.
The portal provides a map for residents to pinpoint favorable locations. Conversely, residents can also identify areas that they feel would not be suited for a station.
More than 135 comments or suggestions have already been submitted to the portal.
Those wishing to submit a suggestion for the latest expansion plans can do so by clicking here.
Citi Bike is expanding & we’d like to know where you’d like to see @CitiBikeNYC stations! We’re focusing on filling out the rest of Queens CB 2, which includes Sunnyside and Woodside.
— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 2, 2020