UPPER EAST SIDE — The Department of Transportation has finalized 38 locations for Citi Bike stations across the neighborhood with only two relocations.
The layout, which can be found here, comes after several months of planning and input from residents, according to a post on DOT's Citi Bike Station Portal, a website dedicated to the bike share program.
The DOT released a draft siting plan for both the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side in May, and did a comprehensive review of hundreds of comments from stakeholders. Five stations between the two neighborhoods were moved as a result.
On the Upper East Side, the planned Gracie Square location on East 84th Street and East End Avenue was moved to Carl Schurz Park between East 86th and East 87th streets, and the station between York and First avenues on East 72nd Street was moved east on 72nd closer to York Avenue.
DOT officials said in May that the stations would be installed by Motivate, the new operator, at the end of August. But in its release on Thursday, the timeline was less clear. Stations up to 86th Street will be completed later this year and the remaining locations will be done by early 2016, the DOT said this week.
While some residents expressed pleasure with the news of new Citi Bike locations during a workshop last year, others were concerned that the stations, which run from 40 to 167 feet in length, would cause congestion and look clunky in a neighborhood that has several historic districts.
Still, the DOT boasted about the benefit of having one more transportation option in the neighborhood.
"Expanding the Citi Bike program north to the Upper East and Upper West Sides creates a great new transit amenity, facilitating cross-town travel, short trips within the neighborhood, and connectivity to subways, buses, and the existing Citi Bike program south of 60th Street," the agency said in a statement.