Citi Bike expands coverage before L train shutdown
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Come 2019, expect to see more Citi Bikes in Brooklyn and Manhattan as commuters try to adjust to the impending L train shutdown.

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city has reached an agreement with Motivate, Citi Bike’s operator, to add coverage to neighborhoods in the two boroughs, including Williamsburg.

Beginning next spring, the company will add 1,250 more bikes and 2,500 docking stations in total.

“Over the next year, riders can expect to see more bikes, docks, and pedal-assist bikes, and temporary valet stations that will together help meet demand during the L train shutdown next year,” de Blasio said in a statement.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in the coming months, officials will work with local community boards and elected officials to site the new docking points.

In some of the city’s busiest Citi Bike areas, employees will staff valet stations to help corral extra bikes and increase capacity during peak hours.

The coverage expansion was announced days after the city said it would ban cars and trucks on 14th Street in Manhattan from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The only exceptions are emergency vehicles and vans shuttling residents with disabilities.

The 225,000 L train riders coming from Brooklyn into Manhattan are mostly expected to take alternate trains, but up to 20 percent will take buses, bikes and ferries for their commutes.

Councilman Antonio Reynoso said in a statement that his constituents have already benefited from Citi Bikes, and he’s confident the expansion will help commuters “weather the storm.”

“These efforts are a huge step in the right direction towards a greener and more accessible city for all,” he said.

(Benjamin Fang)

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