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Residents fight Citi Bike program in more suits

May 06, 2013 11:00AM

More neighborhoods are joining the cacophony of outbursts against the Citi Bike initiative, the New York Post reported.

Two Midtown residents will sue the city this week to remove its bike-sharing stations from near where they live, their attorneys told the newspaper. Late last month, a group of residents in the West Village filed a lawsuit to remove the station in front of 99 Bank Street. At least nine more lawsuits are in the works.

One of the Midtown residents lives at the Milan condominium tower at 300 East 55th Street, the Post said. A Brooklyn Heights resident plans to sue because the racks allegedly are interfering with garbage collection at 150 Joralemon Street.

Their clients learned of the plans after bicycle racks were installed, attorneys said.

Rack locations were selected based on 400 meetings with community boards and a review of 65,000 online requests, the article said. [NYP] —Mark Maurer

  • MM

    Some of the placement of these bike racks seems to defy logic. For instance, on Henry and Atlantic in Brooklyn Heights, it appears that the only way to get the bikes in and out of the rack will be to impede traffic by standing in the middle of Henry Street. Not to mention that they took away what was once a turn lane during rush hours. There is another location at the end of Atlantic near the new Brooklyn Bridge Park – the rack is right on the sidewalk. For those pedestrians using the walking path you have to leave the sidewalk and walk in the bike lane.