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You Told Us: Where Should Citi Bike Expand on the UES?

By Shaye Weaver | May 24, 2016 3:49pm
 The city announced last week that it plans to more Citi Bike stations to the Upper East Side.
The city announced last week that it plans to more Citi Bike stations to the Upper East Side.
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NEW YORK CITY — The city announced last week that it plans to add more Citi Bike stations to the Upper East Side and reduce the number of bikes at some existing locations.

Residents should expect 9 more stations in the near future, according to Community Board 8, which is expecting the city's Department of Transportation to make a presentation about possible sites in the next few months.

Adding the new stations would "improve density," which would help ensure "that a Citi Bike station is always close at hand, providing a more robust, reliable service," city officials wrote in a press release.

We asked readers where the new Citi Bike stations should go, and here's what they had to say on Neighborhood Square:

 "A couple of stations should be located on York closer to the medical centers — the station at 67th/First gets hundreds of nurses and doctors every day. Latent demand must be in the thousands," one reader said.

►  "Hunter College needs a couple of stations," another person wrote.

 "72nd and York to support employment center there plus quick crosstown trips," another said.

►  "They need a station at Weill Cornell/NYP 68th and York. During rush hour the three closest stations are consistently empty," a reader said.

But others don't want to see more stations added to the neighborhood.

► "There are plenty of bike stations up here for those who wish to ride, we don't need anymore. Why are they thinking bikes are going to solve our transportation problems? We are hardly a big city with large, grandiose boulevards such as you find in Europe's major cities, this analogy does not work here.  Why are so many NYC residents being inconvenienced for the minority bike riders? Makes no sense," one opponent wrote.

► "NO NO. NO. Traffic and parking is bad enough. Don't the geniuses who started this get it?! They must all live in the burbs. Construction, cranes, bike lanes and bike stations have made traffic in this city impossible!!! Maybe they should ban cars then it may work!!!!" another said.

► "Pile them all up in Gracie Mansion!"