At last night’s Community Board One meeting, the Department of Transportation announced that it is beginning the planning process to install bike share in Astoria. “This is not an announcement that bike share is officially coming to Astoria,” explained Jon Orcutt, of the DOT. “This is the start of the planning process… and the first of many meetings.” The Citi Bike planning process takes 18 to 24 months before installation, and the DOT plans to work very closely with the Astoria community in that time. The DOT already spoke with Senator Michael Gianaris at his request in regards to potential locations; the city is considering a rough boundary that follows the N/Q line although nothing is set in stone. The final locations will not be decided until after significant community outreach, and an open web portal for residents to leave location suggestions will launch soon.
The Department of Transportation is also working with Community Board Two in Long Island City, where the preliminary planning process has already begun. At this rate, a chunk of Western Queens will have its very own Citi Bike set-up sometime in 2015. Exciting stuff!
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