Park Slope Gets First Citi Bike Station

By Leslie Albrecht on May 14, 2013 3:23pm 

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 A Citibike station with slots for more than 30 bikes was installed on Dean Street and Fourth Avenue.
Park Slope Gets First Citibike Station
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PARK SLOPE — Citi Bike has rolled into Park Slope.

A docking station for more than 30 Citi Bike shared bikes was installed Tuesday on the corner of Dean Street and Fourth Avenue, a block from the Barclays Center.

For now it's the only Citi Bike station in Park Slope, but the city's Department of Transportation has said it will add more locations in the neighborhood as the program expands.

The long-delayed bike share program is scheduled to launch over Memorial Day weekend. Cyclists will be able to hop on some 6,000 bikes scattered at about 300 stations throughout the city. Customers can rent the bikes for short jaunts then return them at any Citi Bike kiosk.

Annual memberships in the program have sold briskly, and Citi Bike has already attracted both friends and foes. Greenwich Village residents have complained that the sleek metal racks mar the historic look of their neighborhood, while Bronx cyclists have pleaded with the city to install more of the docking stations in their borough.

Park Slope was left off the initial rollout map for Citi Bike. When the DOT announced in March 2013 that the neighborhood would be getting a docking station, local biking advocates called it an "unexpected surprise," and one happy cyclist Tweeted, "YIMBY," or 'Yes in my backyard."

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