Last Updated: 7:34 AM, May 21, 2012
Posted: 1:15 AM, May 21, 2012
New Yorkers don’t like sharing — especially when it comes to sidewalk space.
Residents and business owners are fuming over the location of the 420 bike-share racks that, come July, will be spread out around some of the Big Apple’s most congested areas.
Many of the planned stations will add as many as 59 bikes on crowded streets.
The largest docking station — on Park Avenue just beneath 41st Street — will have space carved out for 118 bikes, according to the program’s preliminary plan, released this month.
That bike station will take up room in an area of the street currently designated “No parking.”
“It’s congested as it is,” said Dave Allen, an accountant who deals with the throngs of tourists outside Grand Central on a daily basis. “People will be in the way, and as we know here in New York, people in the way is a big problem.”
Business owners are already expressing concern.
“It is too much,” said Sherman Pitter, manager of Religion Clothing, on Lafayette near Houston Street.
The area outside her shop is slated to get a 59-slot biking station.
“The crowd is going to be blocking the street and businesses, as well. It is going to be their hanging out spot,” Pitter said.
“The draft locations came directly out of our extensive public outreach process,” said Seth Solomonow, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation.