Citi Bike’s expansion will begin next month, with over 50 stations being added in North Brooklyn by the end of the year, the bike share program’s operator announced today.
The doubling of the current fleet of 6,000 bicycles will begin in August, starting with the addition of 91 stations in Long Island City, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bedford Stuyvesant. By the end of the year, 20 stations will be added in Greenpoint and 33 will be added in Williamsburg, the Department of Transportation announced.
The new station appear in yellow on Citi Bike’s system map.
Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol said he was “thrilled” the blue bikes — which currently serve just a small portion of Williamsburg and none of Greenpoint — were expanding in his neighborhood. “With the population explosion in Williamsburg and Greenpoint we need all the transportation options we can get,” he said in a press release, also touting new bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue bridge.
Council Member Stephen Levin called the expansion a “win for Greenpoint and Williamsburg,” and his colleague Antonio Reynoso said he was also “excited,” though there’s still no telling when Citi Bike will come to the Bushwick portion of his district.