Complaints Continue Ahead Of Citi Bike Launch

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Over 300 people showed up Thursday night for a community board meeting in Greenwich Village and the topic was the upcoming Citi Bike program.

The most common problem voiced at P.S. 41 was the sheer size of these bike racks. In some cases, they block access to buildings.

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“We’re not opposed to bike share. We’re opposed to the magnitude of it, the number of bike stations,” Lisa Canistrati said.

“It is such a brainless, clueless implementation,” said Trevor Stewart, who has 39 bike share racks in front of his building. “So, you’re literally completely cut off.”

One resident, however, can’t wait.

“It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to be efficient, pleasurable, economical, clean, quiet,” she said.

She wasn’t alone. Livy Mann thinks it’ll work.

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“It’s very effective in Paris. It’s very effective in London,” she said.

“But I don’t care what they do in Paris. I live in New York City,” responded Deborah Stone, who was worried emergency vehicles are blocked from her building. “How is a fire truck supposed to pull up in front of my building. I live in a high-rise building.”

Community Board No. 2 meeting at P.S. 41 about Citi Bike - May 2, 2013 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Community Board No. 2 meeting at P.S. 41 about Citi Bike – May 2, 2013 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Nobody from the DOT showed up at the meeting and that had Community Board No. 2 Chairman David Gruber disappointed.

“That’s unfortunate because I can’t speak for them,” Gruber said.

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