Citi Bike Share Stations Hit Brooklyn's Streets

By Janet Upadhye on April 12, 2013 2:58pm 

BROOKLYN — Citi Bike Share stations have hit Brooklyn's streets.

Over the past week, the stations have been spotted in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn, ahead of the program's scheduled mid-May launch.

Neighbors took to Twitter to express excitement at their arrival after months of delays due to technology snafus and Hurricane Sandy.

"My first sighting of Bikeshare is on my own corner - exciting!," tweeted Kelsy Chauvin, who lives in Clinton Hill.

But some locals were not happy with the stations, complaining that they have ousted much-needed parking spots.

“The idea and concept are great, but I don’t like having it on my block,” Mercedes Jones, who lives across the street from a station, told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “We’re already fighting for spots after 5 and now they are taking them away from us.”

Still, many said they were looking forward to the arrival of the bikes.

Clinton Hill resident Diego Quinones tweeted a picture of a family holding a sign near a station that reads, "I can't wait."

Some of the newly installed stations include a 19-dock Citi Bike Share location at Monroe Street and Classon Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a 23-dock station at Clinton and Myrtle avenues, a 23-dock station at Flushing and Carlton avenues and a 39-dock station on Ashland Place at Hanson Place, with more being installed daily.

The Citi Bike Share costs $9.95 per day, $25 for seven days or $95 for a year. Overtime fees apply for rides over 45 minutes. NYCHA residents and members of Community Development Credit Unions can get annual memberships for a discounted rate of $65 for the year.

Eventually New York City will have 10,000 bicycles at 600 stations.

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