According to Community Board 10 Chairwoman Henrietta Lyle, the first uptown Citi Bikes may be arriving in Harlem. Lyle told the board yesterday that two racks would be installed in the neighborhood: one at Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 155th Street, the other at Lexington and 98th.
Lyle questioned whether these were the ideal locations. “What about the rest of the community?” she said. “You are leaving out the nucleus of our community — 125th St.”
She has a point: they’re nowhere near each other, and, given that bikes must be returned to racks, riders’ only options are to go between the two stations or head downtown, as the next northernmost stations are at 59th.
Given the DOT’s stated position that it would like to expand Citi Bike, however, it seems clear that if there are two stations in Harlem, more will follow.