Expand the Citibike program to Harlem
  • Petitioning Henrietta Lyle

This petition will be delivered to:

Chairman for CB10
Henrietta Lyle
Assistant District Manager
Andrew Lassalle
Press Secretary at NYC Department of Transportation
Seth Solomonow
Commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation
Polly Trottenberg, Dept. of Transportation

Expand the Citibike program to Harlem

    1. Petition by

      Harlem Residents for Citibike Stations

While there have been some well-documented financial difficulties, use by New York residents of the Citibike program has been largely hailed as a huge success. With a deal from Equinox Fitness and their parent company, Related Companies to acquire a controlling stake in the bike sharing program, expansion now looks to be back on track. 

New York Magazine reported though, that the new stations "are planned for the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill", this in an article addressing the perception of clear geodemographic positioning of existing and planned bike stations in wealthy neighborhoods. The article points out that the planned expansion "does nothing to fight the perception — and stats — that contend the program is catering only to well-off white people."

 

With a subsdized annual membership of $60 for people in low-income housing, the expansion of the Citibike program into less affluent areas will mean greater access to the city (annual costs of a metrocard start at over $1,300), which would mean greater access to opportunities.

 

While the Citibike program expands across Manhattan and Brooklyn, Harlem is disregarded. We are part of Manhattan, but are treated otherwise time and time again. We pay the same taxes on sales, income, and property, but we are always the last to benefit when the city prospers, and while Harlem is enjoying something of a renaissance, the City, in this case the NYC Department of Transportation, can help Harlem help itself by supporting the infrastructure of our Manhattan neighborhood. 

 

As the last bastion of relatively low-cost accommodation in the borough, Harlem is also home to many students, recent college graduates, and others just starting out in the city. A bike share program would boom amongst them, and the cross/downtown commutes to colleges and new jobs would ease the toll felt by many.

 

To supporters, please sign this petition, to address our exclusion from the Citibike program, and also the wider issues that this exclusion represents, and, most importantly, SHARE the petition. We will only have strength in numbers.

 

To Henrietta Lyle, Andrew Lassalle, and all other members of Community Board 10, please support us in any way you can.

 

And to Polly Trottenberg, Seth Solomonow, and the NYC Department of Transportation, please approve this action for the good of the people of Harlem, New York, and the USA.

To:
Henrietta Lyle, Chairman for CB10
Andrew Lassalle, Assistant District Manager
Seth Solomonow, Press Secretary at NYC Department of Transportation
Polly Trottenberg, Dept. of Transportation, Commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation
Expand the Citibike program to Harlem

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Featured on Harlem + Bespoke

      http://harlembespoke.blogspot.com/2014/02/read-harlem-citibike-petition.html

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      H A R L E M + B E S P O K E: READ: THE HARLEM CITIBIKE PETITION

      The Daily News has a story on how one fashion magazine editor who lives uptown is now launching the movement to get Citibike to arrive in Harlem.

    3. Campaign Featured in NY Daily News

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      http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/harlem-pushes-citi-bikes-article-1.1703222

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      STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.

      Harlem transplants demand Citi Bikes, say it's grossly unfair that upper Manhattan was snubbed

      They come from far and wide, but they certainly did not find Harlem on a Citi Bike. Ambitious uptown newbies are campaigning to get the royal blue two-wheelers north of 96th St. RELATED: CITI BIKE COMING TO HARLEM? The Harlem and East Harlem transplants say they are sick of living in a bike sharing dead zone.

    4. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Nicola Beuscher SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
      • 19 days ago

      I want to bike to work!

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    • Bella Zinca NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I live just above central park. This would be a helpful and productive addition to my neighbourhood.

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    • Shawn Holmes NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      Progression to a healthier and greener lifestyle.

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      • about 1 month ago

      I see biking as essential to the well being of my community.

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      • about 1 month ago

      I live in Harlem and would like to use Citibikes.

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