LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. (WABC) -- Citi Bike service is expanding into Queens, doubling the number of bikes in New York City - but not everyone is happy about the announcement.
Citi Bike, a paid bicycle-sharing service that allows riders to get a bike at one location and drop it off in another, kicked off the expansion Wednesday during a ceremony at the first Queens station in Long Island City. That station is on Center Boulevard, which is near the apartment developments on the edge of the East River.
The expansion into Queens and more stations in Brooklyn are part of a two-year project that will double the number of available bikes in the city. Service will be available in three boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
Another part of the expansion includes bikes on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side up to 86th Street. This is expected to come early fall.
Here are short-term planned expansion areas where new bike stations will be placed:
- Long Island City
- Bedford Stuyvesant this August (more stations)
These areas will get service by 2017:
- Prospect Heights
- Crown Heights
- Park Slope
- Carroll Gardens
- Boerum Hill
- Cobble Hill
- Red Hook
A map on Citi Bike's website shows where existing are and new stations will be. The existing are in blue, the new are in yellow:
There are no stations on Staten Island or in the Bronx, with no plans announced for expansion to either location. And this has a left-out borough president speaking out on social media.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. also issued this statement to the media:
"It is deplorable that Citi Bike is expanding to New Jersey before the rest of the city. My borough deserves better, as do the parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island that are not currently served by our city's official bike share program. Citi Bike is operated by NYC Bike Share. That 'NYC' should mean something."
Wednesday's ceremony in Long Island City included New York Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Tottenberg, Motivate CEO Jay Walder and city leaders.