The NYC Department of Transportation revealed this month where they’d like to place 400 or so bike share stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn and Queens, as the next step in the city’s new bikeshare program starting summer 2012, called "Citi Bike".
Citi Bike NYC is designed primarily [PDF] for the "first and last mile" of local commutes and tourist trips to and from their destinations. Now that the city's map is out, we can evaluate how likely it is that the locations will meet this goal.
The director of our Center's Mapping Service, Steven Romalewski, examined the proximity between proposed Citi Bike kiosks and the city's subway entrances and bus stops. His blog summarizes the results. The map at right shows the findings. He found that most of the proposed bikeshare locations are relatively close to subway entrances, and even more are closer to bus stops. He noted at his blog that "at least regarding the locations, the system seems right on track to meet its goals of facilitating New York’s commuter and tourist trips."
Here's an interactive map showing the proposed Citi Bike locations with number of bike slots at each one:
Here are some reactions to his analysis:
- Felix Salmon, prominent blogger at Reuters, called the analysis "brilliant" and highlighted it in the Awesome section of his blog.
- Streetsblog, Gothamist, Second Ave Sagas , and the Building Resilient Regions blog featured the analysis.
- The cartoDB blog discussed how the cartoDB geospatial data engine helped facilitate the analysis.