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Citi Bike Finally Comes to Sunnyside And Woodside, Docking Stations Now Being Installed

A Citi Bike docking station was installed Wednesday at the intersection of Van Dam Street and Review Avenue at Veterans Memorial (Photo courtesy of Thomas J Mituzas)

June 23, 2022 By Christian Murray

Citi Bike has finally come to Sunnyside and Woodside.

Several of the 70-plus docking stations planned for the area have been installed and the remainder are expected to be up by the end of the month. Stations went up Wednesday in the southwest portion of the district in the vicinity of Greenpoint Avenue and Van Dam Street.

The DOT released its latest map showing the 70 locations planned for Sunnyside and Woodside last week. The agency says that it is able to install the docking stations quickly since they aren’t hardwired into the ground.

Each station will have approximately 20 bike docks, although the stations near transit locations are likely to be bigger. The DOT has not disclosed how many parking spaces will be lost as a result of the stations.

A Citi Bike station has been installed at Bradley Avenue and Greenpoint Avenue by Bantry Bay, the popular bar/restaurant (Photo courtesy of Thomas J Mituzas)

Lisa Morasco, a senior planner with the DOT, presented the plan at Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee in February.

She said at the time that the Sunnyside and Woodside locations were selected based on outreach conducted by DOT’s ambassador team as well as responses the agency had received from an interactive portal it had on its website.

The plan has been refined since following its February unveiling.

The DOT’s role with Citi Bike is to select sites and conduct outreach, with Lyft being in charge of the day-to-day maintenance of the service.

The DOT, Morasco said, aims to have a station every few blocks within a coverage district. The idea, she said, is to have a station within a 3-to-5-minute walk from one another.

A dock has been installed at Borden and Review Avenue (Photo courtesy of Thomas J Mituzas)

The expansion into Sunnyside and Woodside 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. It was extended once again into northwest Astoria and East Elmhurst at the beginning for 2021.

The Sunnyside/Woodside stations are part of Phase 3 that is extending into Maspeth, Middle Village, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona– as well as deeper into the other boroughs.

The DOT released a draft plan for the Maspeth/Middle Village area earlier this year and anticipates installing bikes in that area later this summer.

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Brenda From The Block

I think it’s a great idea these citibikes. Also a great way to get some exercise.

As long as bikers obey the law , I’m all for it. With todays gas prices and the amount of subway crime, this the summer season to citiRIDE .

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Just Wondering

Why do they have to be a couple of minutes apart from each other? Just to take up more parking spaces?

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Simple

In order for the system to work the bikes need to be a 5-min walk from as many people as possible. Also demand if there were too few stations places far apart would exceed the amount of bikes.

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Fenton

Because you have to walk to them to get a bike, and it would be a failure if it were a ten-minute walk to get a bike. Same with bus stops and subway stations. Why do drivers have to park near their homes?

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Vicky

I call citibikes the gentrification line. Its a leisure activity for mostly transplants. Real cyclists and workers own thier own bikes.

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Gullible Republicans believe in myths fairytales and conspiracy theories

Fox News keeps telling its viewers that NYC is losing population when in reality it has gained over 600,000 people since 2010 US Census. That’s the equivalent of the city of Miami. We will never be able to address the population growth and transportation problems it brings effectively if every time an option is implemented the uninformed Fox Republican is spitting nails about it.

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Rg

Are you kiddin! Sunnyside has bike blvd(39th ave) and a kiad of bikes in front of stop and shop.

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Sara Ross

Another neighborhood that will be destroyed by the ugly site of bike ports. These people don’t pay for the roads they are riding on.

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Madd Donna

Highly suspicious that Lyft is being put in charge of Citi Bike day-to-day maintenance?? WTF is this all about?? Pay attention to who you vote for. Lyft and Uber (a/k/a the millennials’ version of hitchhiking) are out to remove the rights for all New Yorkers to own cars!! Talk about corruption. We live in the most corrupt city in the United States and it keeps on getting worse!!

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Paul

Gee if only we could also, make the subway’s, neighborhoods and schools safer and cleaner. No, don’t be ridiculous let’s create more chaos with cyclists who don’t obey direction, ride on sidewalks and thumb their nose at general traffic law and civility.

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Not Voting Democrat

No one thinks that CitiBikes are a good idea. It’s obvious that no one asked us when they decided to put these up. Because of these CitiBikes, less people are going to buy cars and will put the local car dealerships out of business. The people don’t care about local businesses and just want to take cars off the road. It’s ridiculous.

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Not voting Republican

Because of citi bikes; bike manufacturers will make more bikes and people will get healthier. Like my friend John who started riding citi bikes to and from work and lost 50 lbs and went from pre diabetes to normal.

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Gia

The city has gotten too crowded for everyone to own cars. The city added six hundred thousand new residents since. 2010 US census the population of Miami. We need to adapt.

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No One

Thousands and thousands of paying customers seem to disagree with you. I guess you conservatives also like to change definitions, or you may need to look up what “no one” means.

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Martha

Easier way for my sister to visit me from Astoria. Car Traffic is horrendous there especially this week with the festival on Ditmars. She is too scared to take the subway. Too many homeless and mentally ill on the last stop.

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MaryBeth

This will help so many working class families get to school and work faster.

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Anonymous

This is really stupid acting like people can’t afford there own bikes great job capitalism…

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gag

Finally! This will make it much easier to get to places that are just out of walking distance.

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Wait, there are so many it's a nuisance, or they aren't using them?

Sorry, the bike lanes have too MANY or too FEW bikes in them? I’m trying to keep your fake narratives straight.

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THE WORST

This b.s. will never end. the worst thing that has happened to this city. take away more parking spaces from cars, just another money making operation for the city.
Line the politicians pockets. They are all Crooks no matter what party they belong too.
it’s all about politics.

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They aren’t parking spaces

They are public space along the curbs of most streets where a small metal sign allows you to park. Removing or changing the sign and using the public space for something else is not removing parking spaces, it is changing a sign to allow for a different use. Think about it!

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Ligma B.

Citibike is enormously popular with New Yorkers. There has been huge demand for this expansion since the program was introduced a decade ago. And though a few parking spaces will disappear, the stations are mostly placed where parking spaces will disappear anyway for buildout of safer streets, such as daylighting and plazas.

The positive impact of Citibike is great. The negative impact of car use in the city is also great. Let’s celebrate this expansion to our neighborhoods.

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The Worst Thing

Ah yes, this is far worse than Hurricane Sandy, 9/11 and the Draft “Riots”/ massacre during the civil war. So good to see people keeping things in perspective.

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