Citi Bike is slowly taking over a greater swath of the city, much to the delight of cyclists and the chagrin of my cyclist-hating grandparents. Now that the bike share program's conquered Manhattan north of 110th Street, docking stations are spreading to neighborhoods like Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Park Slope.
Today, the Department of Transportation announced Citi Bike's expansion into Brownstone Brooklyn, with docking stations popping up in Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Gowanus and Red Hook. Local NIMBYs protested the expansion, having ostensibly been left out of all the fun had by their whining counterparts in Manhattan, but today the city announced they're here to stay.
"We're thrilled to have Citi Bike in our neighborhoods,” Council Member Brad Lander, a Citi Bike member, said in a statement. "For trips up to Prospect Park or down to the Red Hook pool, for a long walk to the subway, to work in the growing businesses in Gowanus or Downtown Brooklyn, to shop or eat at one of the great restaurants on Smith Street or Fifth Avenue—Citi Bikes are a great new way to travel."
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) August 25, 2016
The program plans to have 600 docking stations and 10,000 bikes in its repertoire by the end of the year, up from 6,000 bikes when it launched three years ago. And the DOT says it plans to have 12,000 Citi Bikes on the streets by 2017. Leonardo DiCaprio will be delighted.