PARK SLOPE — Brooklyn's Community Board 6 is getting even more Citi Bike docking stations than originally planned, with 73 stations slated to be installed starting in August, Department of Transportation representatives said Thursday night.
DOT had originally planned 62 docking stations for areas in Community Board 6 — which covers Park Slope, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook — but added additional locations to "improve density," said DOT's Citi Bike director John Frost at Thursday's Community Board 6 transportation committee meeting.
Installation will start in August in Manhattan from 86th Street to 110th Street, then move to Brooklyn, and should take about four weeks, Frost said.
DOT and Citi Bike first announced plans for expansion into Community Board 6 last year. After getting feedback from residents and other stakeholders, officials made tweaks to the proposed docking station list. DOT representatives presented the revised map Thursday night.
Earlier Thursday, the mayor's office announced that Citi Bike's next round of expansion will install roughly 140 docking stations citywide. In addition to Brooklyn, the bike-sharing service will push further north in Manhattan to 110th Street.
"The recent growth and expansion of Citi Bike is great for New York City, and something we are proud to have helped secure," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "My former neighbors in Park Slope will certainly welcome the blue bikes this summer, and their arrival in transit-deprived neighborhoods like Red Hook illustrates our continued commitment to strengthening all of our communities and fighting inequality."
By the end of 2016, Citi Bike will have 600 docking stations and 10,000 bikes, the Mayor's Office said Thursday.