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July 17, 2013- Stephen Miller posted these comments on Twitter about a planned session in a school auditorium to vent gripes about Citi Bikes. However, only 25 people showed, and they all loved the bikes.
@miller_stephen CB 3 committee booked IS 131 auditorium to handle the big crowd for the #CitiBike gripe session. 25 people showed up. pic.twitter.com/feIYrhrAKU
This Lower East Side blog reported on the same meeting, “Shareholders of the East River Housing Corporation, a complex of 1,700 apartments along Grand Street near the FDR, applauded the program, saying it is a “lifestyle changer” and that they would like to see more bicycle stands in the “transportation-deprived area,” according to Jeff Super, chair of East River’s Housing Committee. The closest train stations to the apartments are at least 10 minutes’ walk away, at East Broadway and Essex St., and recent cuts to bus service make getting around more difficult, he said. According to the map on the Citi Bike website, there are only two operating stations within the three blocks of the apartments: the Cherry Street station and one at Bialystoker Place and Delancey Street, offering a total of 39 docking stations and an inconsistent number of bikes. “The bikes are very well used,” Super said. “Bikes leave in the morning and sometimes it’s hard to dock them in the evening.””