credit: Lars Klove
Right around the time that Saturday’s newspapers started landing on stoops, the Citi Bike team was busy loading the first four bike share stations onto flatbed trucks.
After one of the most extensive community planning processes in New York City history, including nearly 400 community meetings and a website that received over 10,000 suggestions, stations finally started hitting the streets this weekend.
By a little after 8am on Saturday April 6th, New York City’s first public Citi Bike station was on the ground on Fulton Street between Grand and Downing in Clinton Hill. The station, which was installed on a wide stretch of sidewalk on the south side of the street, will hold 31 bikes that will be brought in once all of the stations are in place.
By lunch time, the Citi Bike team had installed three more stations: on Lafayette between Classon and St. James; on Lexington between Classon and Franklin; and on Monroe between Classon and Franklin. Combined, these three stations can hold 65 bikes that will make it simple, easy and fun for New York City residents and visitors to complement their bus or subway commute, shop for groceries, visit friends, or just take a spin around the neighborhood.
Keep your eyes pealed. Station installation will continue for the next several weeks. If you see us out there, stop by, say hi, take a picture, tweet #CitiBikeNYC, or just get ready to ring your bike bell!
Spring is in the air and Citi Bike is getting ready to ride.