ASTORIA — Citi Bike is coming to the neighborhood this summer, and the Department of Transportation has proposed dozens of locations for where the new bike-sharing stations will go.
The DOT released a map this week outlining its plan to install 59 Citi Bike docks in Queens Community Board 1. The agency is accepting public feedback on the proposed sites during the next few weeks, and will release a finalized set of locations later this spring or in early summer, according to a spokeswoman.
The stations are proposed for an area of the district between Ditmars Boulevard to the north and Queens Plaza North to the south, Vernon Boulevard to the west and as far east as 44th Street, according to the plan.
The bike-share docks would sit near neighborhood hot spots like Astoria Park, which would have three docks nearby and a fourth one with the exact location still pending, as well as one next to Queensbridge Park.
Stations are also slated to go near cultural hubs like Socrates Sculpture Park, the Noguchi Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image, as well as a number of nearby playgrounds. Another is proposed near the new Astoria ferry station that's slated to open in August.
Of the 59 docking stations proposed, most would be installed on the neighborhood's sidewalks, an effort to minimize the number of parking spots that need to be removed for the bikes, according to CB1 manager Florence Koulouris.
A dozen of the docks would be located in the roadbed of the street, according to the proposal, though the DOT did not respond to repeated inquiries about how many parking spaces would be lost under the plan.
The sites were chosen based on community feedback taken during meetings with local organizations, as well as two "community planning workshops" held last fall.
Installation of the bike stations will start in late summer, according to a DOT spokeswoman. The public can send their comments on the proposal during the next few weeks to the agency's Queens Borough Commissioner's office.
Koulouris urged community members to voice their concerns to the agency.
"Positive or negative, we want you to respond," she said.
Astoria will be only the second neighborhood in Queens to get Citi Bike. The program is already in place in Long Island City, where up to 10 additional stations are slated to be installed this summer.