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West Side Gets First Look at Bike Share Locations

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Bike Share NYC is just a few months off from making its debut around the city, but specifics on where the program's kiosks are just now being leaked, although still not set in stone. The Dept. of Transportation released information revealing preliminary locations of 50 bike share stations on the West Side of Manhattan between the Meatpacking District up to 60th Street, west of Seventh Avenue. The locations of the bike share stations was based on community interest and input, but also seem positioned to take maximum advantage of in-place major bike lanes on Broadway (headed downtown), Eighth Avenue (uptown), and the Hudson River greenway along the waterfront.

While most of the kiosks are placed at the edges of streets, some—like a trio around the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Eighth Avenue—are on the sidewalk, which caused concern about blocking pedestrian traffic. A newsstand worker told the Times, "I don’t think it’s a good idea. At five o’clock, six o’clock, it’s a very busy place." Others seemed excited about the promise of additional foot/wheel traffic being drawn to the location of their businesses. Ultimately, 600 locations around the city are expected to be station-points for 10,000 bicycles.
· Map of Sites of Bike Kiosks in Midtown Is Previewed [NYT]
· NYC Bike Share [DOT]
· Bike Share coverage [Curbed]