Community Board 6 meeting on Citi Bike expansion next Thursday
It’s no secret that the recent expansion of Citi Bike to our community has brought out strong feelings.
Many of you have told me how thrilled you are about the expansion, and that the bikes have become part of your daily commute, or a good new way to run errands and get around our neighborhoods.
Others have shared with me your deep unhappiness with the bikes and stations that have appeared on your blocks, with the loss of parking and other impacts.
No matter how you feel about the issue, I want to let you know that Community Board 6 will be hosting a public hearing on the Citi Bike expansion next week, on Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the 78th Precinct station house at 65 6th Avenue (details here & below).
I support the Citi Bike expansion, but I have tried hard to listen to the concerns, too. I hope you’ll read this statement, which details my thinking.
My staff and I have tried hard, from the beginning of the process two years ago, to be transparent and conduct as much outreach as we could, to strengthen the outreach by NYC DOT and CB6. But I know we did not reach everyone, and I’m open to hearing ways we can improve the process.
We’ll continue to listen, at the hearing and beyond. I will continue to support Citi Bike in our community. But where a station is dangerous, or not being used, or making it impossible for local businesses to receive deliveries, I will work together with CB6 to push DOT to consider making adjustments.
I hope we can have a civil, productive dialogue at the CB6 meeting. Although we are currently in a moment in our country when public discourse is often polarized, we have great neighborhoods and great neighbors, with strong and diverse points of view. I’ll try hard to listen, and to keep working together to solve problems, even when we disagree.
For those of you who don’t agree with me, I don’t expect to change your mind. But I do take your concerns seriously, value your opinions, and want to work with you to make our neighborhoods the best they can be.