Citi Bike is currently in the midst of a big—but not too big—expansion, with 139 new stations set to be added in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens by the fall. But one place where the bright blue bikes won't be going is Staten Island—and Mayor Bill de Blasio is not happy about it. In a press conference yesterday (that was not related to Citi Bike), the mayor said, "I believe that everything needs to be thought about from a five-borough perspective," adding that "I certainly want to see [Citi Bike] get to Staten Island as soon as possible," according to the Staten Island Advance.
This isn't the first time this year that the bike-sharing program, which launched in 2013, has come under fire for its slow rollout into the outer boroughs. Earlier this summer, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said it was "deplorable" that Citi Bike would be adding 35 stations in Jersey City (the first in that state) before bringing any bikes to the Bronx. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo had a similar reaction, telling the Daily News, "with over a billion dollars in private investment along our North Shore waterfront and the new development that has already begun, the critical mass needed to make Citi Bike successful has already started to take shape."
· De Blasio wants Citi Bike on Staten Island ASAP [SI Advance]
· All Citi Bike Coverage [Curbed]