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Citi Bike Jersey City is closing these poorest-performing stations

JERSEY CITY – Citi Bike Jersey City is moving forward with a plan to relocate more than 15 percent of its docking stations, leaving nearly all neighborhoods south of Communipaw Avenue without access to the bike-share system.

The decision, which was announced last week, will remove eight of the least popular stations, including those at three light rail stops, a state college, and a community center. While officials have not announced where exactly the stations will be moved, they are expected to be brought to areas with higher ridership. A majority of the system is located Downtown.

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Just saw a new station on Glenwood between JFK and West Side Avenue by the Saint Peter's Campus. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but the rack really does block the sidewalk given the foot traffic that normally is on that stretch of sidewalk.

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So they are removing racks from LightRail Stations? Isn't connecting the community (wards) to public transit points one of the reasons for the program's existence?

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CitiBike JC is withdrawing from Wards A, B, and F. If you live in these wards, or ride CitiBike there, they'll offer you a prorated refund.

Some combination of high annual membership cost, low density of stations, and who knows what other factors, mean that bike share is not going to be part of residents', workers', students' and visitors' transportation solutions in half of the city.

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Dear riders,

At Citi Bike Jersey City, we are always seeking to provide the best service for as many riders as possible. After evaluating our 2017 ridership data (also recently analyzed by our friends at Bike JC), and coordinating with the City of Jersey City, we will be relocating 9 of the least utilized stations in the network to boost capacity in high demand areas.

The stations that will be relocated are:

NJCU
Union Street
Columbia Park
Danforth Light Rail
Bayview Park
MLK Light Rail
West Side Light Rail
Garfield Avenue
Bethune Center

We understand these changes may mean a loss of service to some current members. If you think you are one of them, just give us a call at 1-855-BIKE-311 and we are happy to provide a prorated refund. If you’ve used any of these stations in the past three months, we will send you an email notifying you when we plan to relocate it. We will also be sure to update our app as these stations are moved and new ones join the system. We believe that these adjustments will provide improved service and build a strong foundation for future growth.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Citi Bike Jersey City


The opening assertion is not entirely accurate. CitiBike is not withdrawing entirely from Wards B or F. In Ward F, they will still have several other stations, and the same is true of Ward B. What they have done is make a decision to relocate all the stations SOUTH of Communipaw Avenue.

If some stations are not being used, it makes sense to relocate them to better support ridership in areas where additional service is needed/desired.

Regardless, the CitiBike model needs to be re-examined. In other cities around the world where bike shares do much better, there is usually a different model in place. In London, the bike share system (Santander Cycle) is part of the metropolitan transport system (Transport for London) and Santander pays a fee to be the sole sponsor and their fares (particularly the daily fares) are much lower, which encourages residents and visitors alike to use the bikes. CitiBike would be wise to lower the daily rate to something that would encourage people to use them more often. At $12/day, the cost is ridiculously high. Contrast that to London's 24-hr pass of less than $3.

Regardless, this post is a bit alarmist: some racks are getting relocated. We still don't know where they will end up. Heck, some may end up right in the same wards. Or, maybe they end up in other wards. But, even if they move all of them to other wards, neither wards B nor F are being deprived of CitiBike racks entirely.


They are relocating nice racks, three of which are located close to light rail stations. Logistically, keeping random racks by light rail stations makes little sense if there are no other racks in the vicinity or neighborhood. Since they are removing all the racks south of Communipaw, also removing the ones from the light rail stations south of Communipaw makes sense.

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So they are removing racks from LightRail Stations? Isn't connecting the community (wards) to public transit points one of the reasons for the program's existence?

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CitiBike JC is withdrawing from Wards A, B, and F. If you live in these wards, or ride CitiBike there, they'll offer you a prorated refund.

Some combination of high annual membership cost, low density of stations, and who knows what other factors, mean that bike share is not going to be part of residents', workers', students' and visitors' transportation solutions in half of the city.

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Dear riders,

At Citi Bike Jersey City, we are always seeking to provide the best service for as many riders as possible. After evaluating our 2017 ridership data (also recently analyzed by our friends at Bike JC), and coordinating with the City of Jersey City, we will be relocating 9 of the least utilized stations in the network to boost capacity in high demand areas.

The stations that will be relocated are:

NJCU
Union Street
Columbia Park
Danforth Light Rail
Bayview Park
MLK Light Rail
West Side Light Rail
Garfield Avenue
Bethune Center

We understand these changes may mean a loss of service to some current members. If you think you are one of them, just give us a call at 1-855-BIKE-311 and we are happy to provide a prorated refund. If you’ve used any of these stations in the past three months, we will send you an email notifying you when we plan to relocate it. We will also be sure to update our app as these stations are moved and new ones join the system. We believe that these adjustments will provide improved service and build a strong foundation for future growth.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Citi Bike Jersey City


The opening assertion is not entirely accurate. CitiBike is not withdrawing entirely from Wards B or F. In Ward F, they will still have several other stations, and the same is true of Ward B. What they have done is make a decision to relocate all the stations SOUTH of Communipaw Avenue.

If some stations are not being used, it makes sense to relocate them to better support ridership in areas where additional service is needed/desired.

Regardless, the CitiBike model needs to be re-examined. In other cities around the world where bike shares do much better, there is usually a different model in place. In London, the bike share system (Santander Cycle) is part of the metropolitan transport system (Transport for London) and Santander pays a fee to be the sole sponsor and their fares (particularly the daily fares) are much lower, which encourages residents and visitors alike to use the bikes. CitiBike would be wise to lower the daily rate to something that would encourage people to use them more often. At $12/day, the cost is ridiculously high. Contrast that to London's 24-hr pass of less than $3.

Regardless, this post is a bit alarmist: some racks are getting relocated. We still don't know where they will end up. Heck, some may end up right in the same wards. Or, maybe they end up in other wards. But, even if they move all of them to other wards, neither wards B nor F are being deprived of CitiBike racks entirely.

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CitiBike JC is withdrawing from Wards A, B, and F. If you live in these wards, or ride CitiBike there, they'll offer you a prorated refund.

Some combination of high annual membership cost, low density of stations, and who knows what other factors, mean that bike share is not going to be part of residents', workers', students' and visitors' transportation solutions in half of the city.

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Dear riders,

At Citi Bike Jersey City, we are always seeking to provide the best service for as many riders as possible. After evaluating our 2017 ridership data (also recently analyzed by our friends at Bike JC), and coordinating with the City of Jersey City, we will be relocating 9 of the least utilized stations in the network to boost capacity in high demand areas.

The stations that will be relocated are:

NJCU
Union Street
Columbia Park
Danforth Light Rail
Bayview Park
MLK Light Rail
West Side Light Rail
Garfield Avenue
Bethune Center

We understand these changes may mean a loss of service to some current members. If you think you are one of them, just give us a call at 1-855-BIKE-311 and we are happy to provide a prorated refund. If you’ve used any of these stations in the past three months, we will send you an email notifying you when we plan to relocate it. We will also be sure to update our app as these stations are moved and new ones join the system. We believe that these adjustments will provide improved service and build a strong foundation for future growth.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Citi Bike Jersey City


The opening assertion is not entirely accurate. CitiBike is not withdrawing entirely from Wards B or F. In Ward F, they will still have several other stations, and the same is true of Ward B. What they have done is make a decision to relocate all the stations SOUTH of Communipaw Avenue.

If some stations are not being used, it makes sense to relocate them to better support ridership in areas where additional service is needed/desired.

Regardless, the CitiBike model needs to be re-examined. In other cities around the world where bike shares do much better, there is usually a different model in place. In London, the bike share system (Santander Cycle) is part of the metropolitan transport system (Transport for London) and Santander pays a fee to be the sole sponsor and their fares (particularly the daily fares) are much lower, which encourages residents and visitors alike to use the bikes. CitiBike would be wise to lower the daily rate to something that would encourage people to use them more often. At $12/day, the cost is ridiculously high. Contrast that to London's 24-hr pass of less than $3.

Regardless, this post is a bit alarmist: some racks are getting relocated. We still don't know where they will end up. Heck, some may end up right in the same wards. Or, maybe they end up in other wards. But, even if they move all of them to other wards, neither wards B nor F are being deprived of CitiBike racks entirely.

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The system is horribly managed in Jersey City.

Bike racks either full where you cannot dock or empty where you cannot get a bike.

Should have the van roving around satisfying the demand during the day.

And it's not surprised they pulled all the docks from the hood.

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So what am I missing? Why do they have to remove all the bikes/racks? I thought the purpose of the blue van was to move the bikes back to high usage areas? Hard to believe Bike JC endorsed this... what's next closing untravelled bike-only lanes because they are high maintenance and never used?

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CitiBike JC is withdrawing from Wards A, B, and F. If you live in these wards, or ride CitiBike there, they'll offer you a prorated refund.

Some combination of high annual membership cost, low density of stations, and who knows what other factors, mean that bike share is not going to be part of residents', workers', students' and visitors' transportation solutions in half of the city.

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Dear riders,

At Citi Bike Jersey City, we are always seeking to provide the best service for as many riders as possible. After evaluating our 2017 ridership data (also recently analyzed by our friends at Bike JC), and coordinating with the City of Jersey City, we will be relocating 9 of the least utilized stations in the network to boost capacity in high demand areas.

The stations that will be relocated are:

NJCU
Union Street
Columbia Park
Danforth Light Rail
Bayview Park
MLK Light Rail
West Side Light Rail
Garfield Avenue
Bethune Center

We understand these changes may mean a loss of service to some current members. If you think you are one of them, just give us a call at 1-855-BIKE-311 and we are happy to provide a prorated refund. If you’ve used any of these stations in the past three months, we will send you an email notifying you when we plan to relocate it. We will also be sure to update our app as these stations are moved and new ones join the system. We believe that these adjustments will provide improved service and build a strong foundation for future growth.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Citi Bike Jersey City

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I'm sure the locals will be happy to get some parking back!

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CitiBike JC is withdrawing from Wards A, B, and F. If you live in these wards, or ride CitiBike there, they'll offer you a prorated refund.

Some combination of high annual membership cost, low density of stations, and who knows what other factors, mean that bike share is not going to be part of residents', workers', students' and visitors' transportation solutions in half of the city.

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Dear riders,

At Citi Bike Jersey City, we are always seeking to provide the best service for as many riders as possible. After evaluating our 2017 ridership data (also recently analyzed by our friends at Bike JC), and coordinating with the City of Jersey City, we will be relocating 9 of the least utilized stations in the network to boost capacity in high demand areas.

The stations that will be relocated are:

NJCU
Union Street
Columbia Park
Danforth Light Rail
Bayview Park
MLK Light Rail
West Side Light Rail
Garfield Avenue
Bethune Center

We understand these changes may mean a loss of service to some current members. If you think you are one of them, just give us a call at 1-855-BIKE-311 and we are happy to provide a prorated refund. If you’ve used any of these stations in the past three months, we will send you an email notifying you when we plan to relocate it. We will also be sure to update our app as these stations are moved and new ones join the system. We believe that these adjustments will provide improved service and build a strong foundation for future growth.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Citi Bike Jersey City

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Citizens have a right to determine if parking is lost just like citizens have the right to determine if a lease is given to a marina in Liberty State Park. Citizens should not be ignored.

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I tried using the online form a couple times previously with no acknowledgement of receipt or reply... just tried that again last night and this time got an acknowledgement of receipt. So we'll see.

It appears that in Motivate's contract with NYC, certain metrics for service & bike availability are specified; Motivate publishes monthly reports on these metrics here:
https://www.citibikenyc.com/system-data/operating-reports

Not sure if Jersey City has similar system performance requirements in its agreement with Motivate - but I would hope so. If it does, either Motivate is out of compliance for fleet size, or the standard agreed to by the city for minimum fleet size it too low. I'll try following up with the city, too.

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Hey, have any of you regular users of the Citibike system in Jersey City noticed that there seem to be many fewer bikes than usual the last couple weeks?

I just did a quick survey on the online station map, and counted 198 bikes in 52 stations in JC. There are also a number of bikes out on rides at any given moment, but on a ~20F day, not… hundreds.

When the program expanded in 2016 the fleet size was stated as 500 bikes (up from the original system of 350 bikes + 35 stations).

My guess is the operator took some bikes out of circulation, anticipating lower demand over the winter, but I think they went too far. The stations I use most frequently often have 0 or 1 or 2 bikes available. I’m trying to figure out how to contact the operator (Motivate) in a meaningful way about this… maybe it’s best to raise the issue with the city / mayor’s office?


Your answer is in your last paragraph: the operator withdraws a certain amount of bikes during Winter because of lower demand, to prevent damage from exposure to harsh elements (lower temperatures, snow, sand, etc) and to perform routine maintenance on some bikes. You can provide feedback via the CitiBike website. Not sure how the city would be any help, other than acting as a go between to relay your message.

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Hey, have any of you regular users of the Citibike system in Jersey City noticed that there seem to be many fewer bikes than usual the last couple weeks?

I just did a quick survey on the online station map, and counted 198 bikes in 52 stations in JC. There are also a number of bikes out on rides at any given moment, but on a ~20F day, not… hundreds.

When the program expanded in 2016 the fleet size was stated as 500 bikes (up from the original system of 350 bikes + 35 stations).

My guess is the operator took some bikes out of circulation, anticipating lower demand over the winter, but I think they went too far. The stations I use most frequently often have 0 or 1 or 2 bikes available. I’m trying to figure out how to contact the operator (Motivate) in a meaningful way about this… maybe it’s best to raise the issue with the city / mayor’s office?

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CarePoint Health footing the bill for free Citi Bike rides in Jersey City through Aug. 28

By Corey McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on August 27, 2016 at 8:03 AM

JERSEY CITY — It's looking to be a great weekend for a bike ride — especially when the rides are free.

Citi Bike Jersey City and CarePoint Health will be offering free rides to the public through tomorrow. The special promotion is marking Citi Bike growth — the company now has 50 bike share stations and 500 bikes in Jersey City.

"As a founding partner of Citi Bike Jersey City, CarePoint Health is thrilled to see it grow to 50 stations this year," CarePoint CEO Jeff Mandler said in a statement.

"By giving Jersey City a free ride weekend, we hope that every resident can experience first-hand the health, transportation and happiness benefits bike share offers."

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Not sure if anyone saw this, but this past Tuesday CitiBike JC set a new record for number of trips in a single day.

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>>...imagine the outrage if CitiBike starts taking over what some neighbors and businesses consider to be "prime spots".

We don't even have to imagine, since they've been through dozens of dock-siting controversies in NYC and in the initial JC rollout:

In a park? Ruining the view.
Historic district? George Washington never rode one (but 1000 modern parked cars are fine).
Heavy foot traffic? It'll be in the way.
Light foot traffic? Too far out of the way.
On a county road? City doesn't have jurisdiction.

Etc.

My personal favorite was the parents at a NYC school who basically said their children would be kidnapped and murdered by the undesirable element a dock would attract to the area.

Anyway, the initial position of a new dock is often already an obvious compromise based on known objections, and then some get moved later, for reasons good and less good. You'll get the ideal locations when we have the ideal civic culture.


You are right. I do remember some of the controversies early on in NYC. Particularly the one about The Plaza objecting to a rack located right in front of the hotel, and another from an UWS (or, UES?) neighborhood group claiming that a docking station on "their" block would negatively, and irreparably, affect their property values.

But, I have to hand it to Bloomberg... He stood his ground and fought most of those silly complaints.

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>>...imagine the outrage if CitiBike starts taking over what some neighbors and businesses consider to be "prime spots".

We don't even have to imagine, since they've been through dozens of dock-siting controversies in NYC and in the initial JC rollout:

In a park? Ruining the view.
Historic district? George Washington never rode one (but 1000 modern parked cars are fine).
Heavy foot traffic? It'll be in the way.
Light foot traffic? Too far out of the way.
On a county road? City doesn't have jurisdiction.

Etc.

My personal favorite was the parents at a NYC school who basically said their children would be kidnapped and murdered by the undesirable element a dock would attract to the area.

Anyway, the initial position of a new dock is often already an obvious compromise based on known objections, and then some get moved later, for reasons good and less good. You'll get the ideal locations when we have the ideal civic culture.

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Grumbling in Jersey City over parking spots lost to Citi Bike stations

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on August 02, 2016 at 4:02 PM, updated August 02, 2016 at 8:38 PM

JERSEY CITY — Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ke_stations_leads_to.html



When oh when will the city learn to engage local residents BEFORE placing the stations? Whether you agree with the protestors or not, this is a problem that keeps happening.


Oh, I don't know... maybe because the city *knows* that all of the old timers will throw their hands up in the air and complain about loss of parking, or interlopers. I totally agree that you normally would get the best results when you engage the populace in the decision making process, but our old timers (as a group) have shown themselves to be an anachronistic bunch opposed to progress, newcomers, and change. Also, I don't think it is entirely unreasonable for government to sometimes make decisions on its own that will annoy or impact its citizens. The deployment of CitiBike racks is for the public good (perhaps somewhat controversially to some, since it is a joint private/public push) and it is not something drastic like an imminent domain land grab.


I get what you are saying, but not really the case in this issue.

Example: the rack on Kensington Ave about a 1 block from Lincoln Park that got placed without resident engagement. A location that not only took up 2-3 parking spaces, but was also off the main route and hard to find/not visible. There were several alternate good locations for that rack proposed by residents, the target users of the program - like the entrance to Lincoln Park right on West Side Ave.Imagine a bike share at a park entrance AND where commuters could easily access it/find it. BRILLIANT!!
i hear you about ill considered spots. i was looking for the bikes near the park on manhattan avenue up in the heights the other day. i did not see any so i walked to pershing field. later in the day as i was walking along kennedy, i spotted the bikes on a side street (1-2 blocks away). they were literally hidden.


Its amazingly stupid not to place these stations on visible, main thoroughfares and near parks when those are in proximity of the desired location.


Definitely agreed on placement of racks in ill conceived spots that are far from optimal places for commuters and potential users. But, imagine the outrage if CitiBike starts taking over what some neighbors and businesses consider to be "prime spots".

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Grumbling in Jersey City over parking spots lost to Citi Bike stations

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
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on August 02, 2016 at 4:02 PM, updated August 02, 2016 at 8:38 PM

JERSEY CITY — Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ke_stations_leads_to.html



When oh when will the city learn to engage local residents BEFORE placing the stations? Whether you agree with the protestors or not, this is a problem that keeps happening.


Oh, I don't know... maybe because the city *knows* that all of the old timers will throw their hands up in the air and complain about loss of parking, or interlopers. I totally agree that you normally would get the best results when you engage the populace in the decision making process, but our old timers (as a group) have shown themselves to be an anachronistic bunch opposed to progress, newcomers, and change. Also, I don't think it is entirely unreasonable for government to sometimes make decisions on its own that will annoy or impact its citizens. The deployment of CitiBike racks is for the public good (perhaps somewhat controversially to some, since it is a joint private/public push) and it is not something drastic like an imminent domain land grab.


I get what you are saying, but not really the case in this issue.

Example: the rack on Kensington Ave about a 1 block from Lincoln Park that got placed without resident engagement. A location that not only took up 2-3 parking spaces, but was also off the main route and hard to find/not visible. There were several alternate good locations for that rack proposed by residents, the target users of the program - like the entrance to Lincoln Park right on West Side Ave.Imagine a bike share at a park entrance AND where commuters could easily access it/find it. BRILLIANT!!
i hear you about ill considered spots. i was looking for the bikes near the park on manhattan avenue up in the heights the other day. i did not see any so i walked to pershing field. later in the day as i was walking along kennedy, i spotted the bikes on a side street (1-2 blocks away). they were literally hidden.


Its amazingly stupid not to place these stations on visible, main thoroughfares and near parks when those are in proximity of the desired location.

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Grumbling in Jersey City over parking spots lost to Citi Bike stations

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JERSEY CITY — Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ke_stations_leads_to.html



When oh when will the city learn to engage local residents BEFORE placing the stations? Whether you agree with the protestors or not, this is a problem that keeps happening.


Oh, I don't know... maybe because the city *knows* that all of the old timers will throw their hands up in the air and complain about loss of parking, or interlopers. I totally agree that you normally would get the best results when you engage the populace in the decision making process, but our old timers (as a group) have shown themselves to be an anachronistic bunch opposed to progress, newcomers, and change. Also, I don't think it is entirely unreasonable for government to sometimes make decisions on its own that will annoy or impact its citizens. The deployment of CitiBike racks is for the public good (perhaps somewhat controversially to some, since it is a joint private/public push) and it is not something drastic like an imminent domain land grab.


I get what you are saying, but not really the case in this issue.

Example: the rack on Kensington Ave about a 1 block from Lincoln Park that got placed without resident engagement. A location that not only took up 2-3 parking spaces, but was also off the main route and hard to find/not visible. There were several alternate good locations for that rack proposed by residents, the target users of the program - like the entrance to Lincoln Park right on West Side Ave.Imagine a bike share at a park entrance AND where commuters could easily access it/find it. BRILLIANT!!
i hear you about ill considered spots. i was looking for the bikes near the park on manhattan avenue up in the heights the other day. i did not see any so i walked to pershing field. later in the day as i was walking along kennedy, i spotted the bikes on a side street (1-2 blocks away). they were literally hidden.

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JERSEY CITY — Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ke_stations_leads_to.html



When oh when will the city learn to engage local residents BEFORE placing the stations? Whether you agree with the protestors or not, this is a problem that keeps happening.


Oh, I don't know... maybe because the city *knows* that all of the old timers will throw their hands up in the air and complain about loss of parking, or interlopers. I totally agree that you normally would get the best results when you engage the populace in the decision making process, but our old timers (as a group) have shown themselves to be an anachronistic bunch opposed to progress, newcomers, and change. Also, I don't think it is entirely unreasonable for government to sometimes make decisions on its own that will annoy or impact its citizens. The deployment of CitiBike racks is for the public good (perhaps somewhat controversially to some, since it is a joint private/public push) and it is not something drastic like an imminent domain land grab.


I get what you are saying, but not really the case in this issue.

Example: the rack on Kensington Ave about a 1 block from Lincoln Park that got placed without resident engagement. A location that not only took up 2-3 parking spaces, but was also off the main route and hard to find/not visible. There were several alternate good locations for that rack proposed by residents, the target users of the program - like the entrance to Lincoln Park right on West Side Ave.Imagine a bike share at a park entrance AND where commuters could easily access it/find it. BRILLIANT!!

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JERSEY CITY — Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ke_stations_leads_to.html



When oh when will the city learn to engage local residents BEFORE placing the stations? Whether you agree with the protestors or not, this is a problem that keeps happening.


Oh, I don't know... maybe because the city *knows* that all of the old timers will throw their hands up in the air and complain about loss of parking, or interlopers. I totally agree that you normally would get the best results when you engage the populace in the decision making process, but our old timers (as a group) have shown themselves to be an anachronistic bunch opposed to progress, newcomers, and change. Also, I don't think it is entirely unreasonable for government to sometimes make decisions on its own that will annoy or impact its citizens. The deployment of CitiBike racks is for the public good (perhaps somewhat controversially to some, since it is a joint private/public push) and it is not something drastic like an imminent domain land grab.

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JERSEY CITY — Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ke_stations_leads_to.html



When oh when will the city learn to engage local residents BEFORE placing the stations? Whether you agree with the protestors or not, this is a problem that keeps happening.

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Grumbling in Jersey City over parking spots lost to Citi Bike stations

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
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on August 02, 2016 at 4:02 PM, updated August 02, 2016 at 8:38 PM

JERSEY CITY — Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ke_stations_leads_to.html


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A lot of the new stations locations had to do with crowdsourcing. I remember the Brunswick/7-8th spots being heavily advocated. No surprise there are a few stations in that area now.

Good luck biking today and the next couple of days with an oven blowing in your face...

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on July 22, 2016 at 8:53 AM, updated July 22, 2016 at 9:13 AM
Mary Ford loves Citi Bike Jersey City, but barely uses the bike-share station closest to her home.

Ford, 57, who lives on Garfield Avenue, would have to walk to Bayside Park to grab one of the Citi Bike bicycles stationed there and use it to get to the Downtown financial services company where she works.

"That's sort of a long, lonely walk past a cemetery," she told The Jersey Journal. "After dark, I don't really want to do that."

Ford is in luck. This week Jersey City announced the locations of 15 new Citi Bike stations, and one of them is outside the Danforth Avenue light rail stop, much closer to Ford's house. She is thrilled.

"I will use it constantly now," she said.

Citi Bike Jersey City launched in September with 35 stations citywide. Along with the 15 new stations, the system will also add 150 bikes, bringing the total size of its fleet to 500.

Installation of the new stations is expected to begin this week.

Nine of the new bike-share stations are located Downtown, where most of its users live: Sixth and Monmouth streets, Sixth Street and Jersey Avenue, Brunswick and Seventh streets, Third Street and Jersey Avenue, Second and Grove streets, Columbus Drive and Monmouth Street, Columbus Drive and Warren Street, the Marin Boulevard light-rail station and at Morris Canal Park.

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I would prefer the station placed on the sidewalk as opposed to being along the curb on the asphalt /street. Take the one on Ogden Ave. off the corner of Congress St. in the Heights, docking and undocking the bike, fiddling with the credit card, and then pulling the bike out of it's docking station will put the potential rider in harms way of the oncoming traffic. The rider will be bent over jutting themselves outward with their back blindly facing into the street risking the danger of getting clipped by a moving vehicle, SUV, van, or box truck. Those side view mirrors alone can cause havoc.


Sorry if I was unclear. I meant it should be on the sidewalk but up close to the curb - not mid-sidewalk. I don't want them in the street either.

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I would prefer the station placed on the sidewalk as opposed to being along the curb on the asphalt /street. Take the one on Ogden Ave. off the corner of Congress St. in the Heights, docking and undocking the bike, fiddling with the credit card, and then pulling the bike out of it's docking station will put the potential rider in harms way of the oncoming traffic. The rider will be bent over jutting themselves outward with their back blindly facing into the street risking the danger of getting clipped by a moving vehicle, SUV, van, or box truck. Those side view mirrors alone can cause havoc.

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Does anyone know (from earlier phases of implementation, I guess) if the newly installed bike stations are actually in their permanent spots, or if they're just "staging" at the moment?

The new one at Key Foods is set in from the curb considerably and as a consequence the bikes will be well into the middle of the sidewalk.

Yes, it would involve eliminating a "tree" ("tree" = twig) but I would think that having the station curbside is preferred.

Love that the station location, otherwise.

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Walking is good exercise

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