BROOKLYN—Citi Bike will within the next four years be expanded in a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods, the city announced Tuesday.
Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Park Slope, Prospect Park South, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, East Flatbush and Sunset Park will all get more Citi Bike docks, from 2020 to 2023. The initiative, also being put in place in the Bronx and other outer-borough neighborhoods, will double the ground Citi Bike covers, the city says.
The Citi Bike additions come after a report by a left-wing group released last week showed to the paucity of Citi Bikes in less well-heeled parts of the city, causing Borough President Eric Adams to put the Department of Transportation on blast.
Now, Citi Bikes will soon be more easily available in less fancy and already transit-rich parts of Brooklyn. News of the effort, which DOT Commissioners Polly Trottenberg says will cost the city between $400 and $500 million, was first reported by the New York Post on Monday.
“This expansion will help us build a more fair and equitable city for all New Yorkers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday in a press release. “Even more communities will have access to this low-cost, sustainable mode of transportation. With double the territory and triple the number of bikes over the next few years, Citi Bike will become an even better option for travel around New York City.”
Adams, who is running for mayor, was pleased to hear the news that more Citi Bike docks will be coming to the borough over the next few years.
“The expansion of Citi Bike into more low-income communities, and communities of color, is a long overdue step in delivering transit equity for all New Yorkers,” he said. “It must also be accompanied by safe cycling infrastructure, so we ensure that everyone can share our streets without fear of being injured or killed.”
“I commend DOT and Citi Bike on this major announcement, which brings bike share to communities in heart of Central Brooklyn as well as south of Prospect Park and along our working waterfront,” he added.