Prospect Heighters who are excited to have a quick ride on the will have to wait a year until the program comes to Prospect Heights.
But, if you can’t wait, you can go to Fort Greene, Clinton Hill or Bed-Stuy to pick up a bike. The city’s DOT released a draft map of the first locations in this summer’s rollout of a portion of their 600 Bike Share docking stations. There are locations on Fulton Street between Franklin and Carlton avenues and several more clustered around the Atlantic Center.
Come Phase II, which will debuted spring 2013, the rest of the Citi Bike docking stations will pop up in neighborhoods that were not included in Phase I, including Prospect Heights, Crown Heights Park Slope and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn, the Upper West and East Sides in Manhattan and Sunnyside, Queens.
The installation of bike docking stations will begin in late July. The solar-powered, wireless docking stations will be located on sidewalks, curbside road space and plazas, and accommodate between 15 and 60 bikes each.
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Doug Gordon, the founder of the website Brooklyn Spoke, said that waiting for the Bike Share program to hit areas south of Atlantic Avenue isn’t bad. Also, he said since he works in Manhattan, he will be riding this summer.
“Ultimately, the way I feel about it is all in due time,” Gordon said. “This thing that was not even an idea for New York is going to come to our neighborhood just a little later than expected, and I am willing to wait.”
Gordon said he also understands why other neighborhoods, like Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy, were chosen first. He thinks the Brooklyn areas Bike Share will be this summer need it the most.
“Williamsburg is more transit starved,” Gordon reasoned. “If I had to ride the L train everyday, I’d want Bike Share right now. This is also going to make people’s commute in Bed-Stuy much easier. They can hop on a bike and ride to the subway and get to Manhattan much more easier than before.”