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Help Plan Citi Bike's Expansion Into Astoria Next Year

 State Sen. Michael Gianaris, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and other officials take a ride on Citi Bikes after the opening of the first station in Long Island City on Aug. 5, 2015.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and other officials take a ride on Citi Bikes after the opening of the first station in Long Island City on Aug. 5, 2015.
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ASTORIA — Citi Bike is finally on its way to Astoria.

The bike share program is slated to launch in Queens Community Board 1 — which includes Astoria and parts of Long Island City and Woodside — by the end of next year, according to the Department of Transportation.

Officials are looking to get public feedback on where to put the blue bikes and will hold two "community workshops" in the coming weeks to get residents' input on the expansion.

The first will be held on Oct. 26 at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden at 29-19 24th Ave., while the second is slated for Nov. 3 at P.S. 166 at 30-09 35th Ave. There will be two sessions at each location, starting at 6 and 7 p.m. for both meetings, according to the DOT.

Citi Bike first launched in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn in 2013. The program has only expanded to one neighborhood in Queens so far, with stations in Long Island City that opened last year.

Local elected officials have been pushing for the bike share's expansion to Astoria and other parts of western Queens, saying it would help bring more visitors to cultural attractions like Socrates Sculpture Park and the Noguchi Museum, which are almost a mile from the closest subway.