Residents to Discuss Bike Share Locations in Long Island City

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on May 21, 2012 2:22pm 

The program is set to include 10,000 bikes, which can be borrowed from and returned to any of 600 solar-powered stations across the city
The program is set to include 10,000 bikes, which can be borrowed from and returned to any of 600 solar-powered stations across the city
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LONG ISLAND CITY — Cycling enthusiasts will have a chance Monday night to weigh in on locations for 10 rental kiosks proposed for the neighborhood as part of the city’s new bike share program that will be launched this summer.

The program, modeled after similar initiatives in London, Washington, D.C. and Paris, is set to include 10,000 bikes, which can be borrowed from and returned to any of 600 solar-powered stations across the city when it starts in July.

During two sessions on Monday — at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. — at New York Irish Center at 10-40 Jackson Ave., residents will discuss the proposed locations with representatives from the Department of Transportation, the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and members of Community Board 2.

Residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn — which were part of Phase 1 of the program — in many cases had a chance to discuss the locations months ago.

The locations in Queens were not originally part of Phase 1, but were added earlier this month after Van Bramer worked out potential locations in the borough with the DOT.

“The expansion of New York City’s Bike Share program into Western Queens will give both tourists and our local residents the ability to get around parts of our great neighborhood in an environmentally friendly and convenient way,” Van Bramer said in a statement. "Tonight, Queens residents will have a chance to voice their concerns and suggestions regarding the current proposed locations."

The program is scheduled to expand to additional neighborhoods in Queens during Phase 2 of Bike Share’s launch.

Here are the 10 proposed bike share locations in Long Island City:

•    West side of Second Street near 54th Avenue (Hunters Point Ferry Terminal) – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on private property
•    48th Avenue near Vernon Boulevard – This station will have 31 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street
•    Vernon Boulevard near 50th Avenue (Vernon Mall) – This station will have 31 docks and will be located in a public park or plaza.
•    North side of 45th Road near 11th Street (Murray Playground) – This station will have 27 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
•    South side of 46th Avenue near Jackson Avenue – This station will have 23 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street.
•    South side of 44th Drive near Jackson Avenue – This station will have 35 docks and will be located on private property.
•    West side of 21st Street near 43rd Avenue – This station will have 23 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
•    West side of 21st Street near Queens Plaza North – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
•    South side of Queens Plaza North near Crescent Street – This station will have 31 docks and will be located on the sidewalk.
•    East side of 31st Street near Thomson Avenue – This station will have 27 docks and will be located in a no-parking area of the street.

10 bike share are locations proposed for Long Island City
10 bike share are locations proposed for Long Island City
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