Going Green is essential and something we all favor. This effort includes the increased use of bikes for transportation in our city, which the New York City Bike Share Program aims to accomplish. This is a great development!
Recently the DOT proposed locations for these commercial bike rental operations, city wide. One proposed location is on the western end of Duane Park, in the middle of Duane Street. This petition represents the residents who reside around Duane Park and who oppose the installation of this operation.
Why do we question the installation of a commercial bike rental operation on the western end of Duane Park?
1. Duane Park and its surrounding buildings are landmarked. Such a highly commercial operation in the middle of the street would significantly diminish the antiquity and historical character of the block which the residents of Duane Street and the Landmarks Commission work hard to preserve. (***Please see links to photos of the bikes with commercial logos for Citibank and the bike racks. And note, these racks cannot be used for regular bicycles).
2. A row of bikes (despite their locking systems) adjacent to a park which has minimal, late night foot traffic, in our opinion, may serve as an attractive target for would be thieves, thereby potentially increasing criminal activity around Duane Park.
3. There are other locations, located close to Duane Park, which would serve much better for a commercial rental operation. For example, in front of the Food Emporium, on Greenwich Street at the corner of Duane. There is ample sidewalk space in this location for the bike racks; the commercial aesthetics of the bike racks would fit in well with the commercial exterior of the supermarket; and the bike rental would be conveniently located by the supermarket for shoppers.
Again, by signing this petition, you agree that the bike rental program is a great development in our efforts to go green in New York. But, you also believe there may be a better location in our neighborhood and that it is important to explore these options, before a final decision is made by DOT.
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