As a part of Citi Bike's long-awaited expansion in the Bronx, the Department of Transportation has revealed a draft map of where docks could surface later this year.

The draft map comes seven years after the bike share network launched in New York City. Pending final approval, the new Citi Bike stations are expected to be installed across Mott Haven, Port Morris and Melrose.

"We anticipate the final plan will be released this spring following additional feedback and technical screening," a DOT spokesperson said. Technical screening involves surveys of the proposed locations and working with the local communities in collaboration with Lyft, which acquired Citi Bike in 2018. Welcome 2 The Bronx first reported on the draft map, shown at a Community Board 1 meeting this week.

The latest proposed map is a part of plans to increase Citi Bikes to 40,000 by 2024, a year later than what the DOT and Lyft showed last summer in a map the city released. A DOT spokesperson downplayed possible delays to the Citi Bike expansion, saying the original map was wrong.

"The timeline of expansion has not changed—the five year expansion began in mid-2019. The original map showing 2023 was incorrect," a department spokesperson said.

The bike share network is long-awaited for some Bronxites. Ahead of last summer's announcement, Lyft and DOT faced scrutiny for a report that found the bike share program mostly serves wealthier, white communities. At a press conference last year about the expansion announcement, the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said: "What we've tried to say all along is that, in the Bronx, we ride bikes too—we just felt left out."

An overview of a draft map of Citi Bike's expansion in Community Board 1 in the Bronx.

An overview of a draft map of Citi Bike's expansion in Community Board 1 in the Bronx.

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An overview of a draft map of Citi Bike's expansion in Community Board 1 in the Bronx.
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The bike share network had about 17.6 million trips in 2018. Between 2017 and 2018, the network saw an 8 percent growth.

Northern Manhattan community boards 9, 10, 11 and 12—covering Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood—as well as Bronx's Community Board 1 can expect Citi Bike stations this spring and summer, according to the DOT. Outreach and planning for other stations will begin this spring in Bronx's community boards 2, 3 and 4.

Though docks appear to be evenly spaced across the neighborhoods in Bronx's CB 1 in the draft map, a senior organizer at Transportation Alternatives noted a majority of docks are placed on sidewalks instead of the roadways on the draft map.

"If we're afraid of reallocating space from cars to other users in communities where 3/4's of residents don't have cars, and instead have them share finite space with pedestrians, then we're sending a message that anyone not on a vehicle is a uninvited guest on the street," Transportation Alternatives's Erwin Figueroa said in a tweet.

Lyft deferred questions about dock placements to the DOT, which ultimately determines where docks are located.

"Station placement is based on a combination of technical siting criteria, community preferences and feedback, and the need to create a comprehensive and dense network of stations across the service area," a DOT spokesperson said.

To comment on the draft map, you can fill out this DOT survey.