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Choose Where to Put Citi Bike Docking Stations in East Harlem

 The city's bike share program is currently selecting where to put their docking stations in El Barrio.
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EAST HARLEM — If you don’t want a Citi Bike docking station in front of your home now’s your chance to speak up.

Citi Bike and the Department of Transportation are currently deciding where to put docking stations in El Barrio as they continue their northern expansion.

A handful of residents attended a community workshop at the Johnson Community Center at 1833 Lexington Ave. Tuesday night to select possible locations for the bike docks.

For Linda Hoiser-Armstrong, who is retired and lives at 123rd Street and Madison Avenue, it was a chance to be heard.

“I don’t want them in front of our building but across the street would be fine," she said. "If I didn’t come I’m sure they would’ve put them in front of my building. I just hope they follow through.”

Jeremy Vega, a business manager at Hope Community, said the docking stations should be near tourists attractions and cultural destinations.

“I think it’s a great tool to get people to explore different neighborhoods,” he said.

In the interest of safety, docking stations shouldn’t be directly in front of bars or clubs, Vega added.

Those who did not attend the meeting still have the opportunity to weigh in. The DOT’s website allows people to suggest locations for docking stations.

There will be about 30 docking stations in Community Board 11 between 96th and 130th streets by 2016, according to a DOT spokesman.

Before the stations are installed, the DOT needs to consult the Community Board in the fall and draft a final plan, the spokesman added.

In the Upper West Side, a similar community workshop was held in January. Now they are expected to get their docking stations by the end of the summer.