Downtown Brooklyn Taking Proposals for Bike Share Programs

03/16/2011 11:18 AM |

This bike share station is NOT rigt outside Borough Hall, but it could be soon.
  • This bike share station is NOT rigt outside Borough Hall, but it could be soon.

Plans for a bike share program in Manhattan have been taking shape for some time now, with an opening date expected sometime next year after a testing period this summer, but now the borough with the most bikers is getting in on the act.

The Brooklyn Paper and the Carroll Gardens Patch report that at last night’s inaugural meeting of the Boerum Hill Traffic Task Force the Borough Commissioner, Joseph Palmieri, announced that Brooklyn will soon be requesting proposals for a bike share program.

In other words the long, long process that’s only now beginning to get somewhere in Manhattan is about to start in Brooklyn: the borough will put out a request for proposals, and bike share companies that have set up networks in Paris, Barcelona, Denver and other cities, as well as local start-ups, will pitch them various plans and systems meeting the particular parameters of the project. For now the goal is to focus on Downtown Brooklyn, although the exact limits of the area served by the program will be left up to the companies pitching proposals. So if you live in a Downtown-adjacent neighborhood you may be able to bike to work/the subway by 2015—if there are any bike lanes left by then.