Citi Bike appears to be stuck in first gear, and one City Councilman says it’s going to require an injection of city cash to make sure that the popular cycling initative doesn’t stay docked in Manhattan and north Brooklyn.
The program, launched in May, has been funded entirely through sponsorship agreements with privately-run companies, including a $41 million, five-year commitment from Citigroup.
But the city government is going to need to get involved — and quickly — if the more than 300 docking stations and their bright blue bikes are to be pedaled across a wider swath of the city, says Councilman Brad Lander, who was recently honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for creating a way to allow his constituents to vote on how to spend $950,000 in City Council funds.
The Brooklyn pol said he would use capital funding to make sure the bikes — which are now limited to Manhattan south of 59th St. and northern Brooklyn — keep rolling into his central Brooklyn district.
“It’s a piece of public transportation infrastructure,” he said. “I’d be glad to allocate some city capital to expanding bike share stations.” Read more »