Yesterday the city’s department of transportation quietly added planned CitiBike stations to its bike share service map. Most of the new Citi Bikes are clustered in Williamsburg, where there were several planned to begin with.
If the city is trying to outrun the program’s growing reputation for neglecting lower-income communities, it might consider a different strategy: Be less obvious about the how station locations are picked.
Of all the new stops, not a single one will fall south of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, though the DOT explains that Citi Bike stations for Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights, and Crown Heights are coming down the pike.
The city in part relies on a “suggestion map” when deciding where to drop new stations, making the new stations in Williamsburg logical. No sense inveighing against putting them where there is clearly demand.
Correction: Due to a comparison with an outdated map, an earlier version of the article stated that locations had been added all across North Brooklyn. In fact, new stations had been added only in Williamsburg. The Voice regrets the error.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 18, 2013