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City releases final map of Astoria Citi Bike expansion with tweaks from resident feedback

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The final map for the addition of 59 Citi Bike stations in Astoria was released on July 28 and the stations will be up and running in the next few months.

Astoria will be the second Queens neighborhood to feature the bike share program and after several community workshops, the Department of Transportation tweaked the station locations. Overall, nine stations were moved after feedback from Astoria residents.

The city has not released an exact date for the implementation but has repeatedly said they plan to roll out the program by the end of the summer. A tweet by Citi Bike on July 23 stated the expansion will be completed by late September or early October.

A spokesperson for the DOT said the agency still plans on a late summer roll out but may shift the timeline.

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A recent analysis conducted by the League of American Cyclists found that New York City has more bike commuters than any American city. In total, the city boasts 1,133 miles of bike lanes, up from 513 miles in 2006.

New bike lanes are constantly being added and Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants to continue the trend, vowing to add 50 miles of bike lanes every year as part of his Vision Zero initiative. The DOT today released a report titled “Safer Cycling: Bicycle Ridership and Safety in New York City,” which found that the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured during the first year of launching Citi Bike declined by 17 percent.

The report also identified three Priority Bicycle Districts in Queens where there was a high percentage of cyclists killed in action and vowed to create or enhance additional bike lanes for safety.

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