I attended the workshop hosted by the DOT for bike share planning in Brooklyn CB8, which includes part of Crown Heights. It looks as though Crown Heights will be a part of Bike Share phase one as far east as Rogers Avenue, and as far south as Lefferts Ave. For CB8 that includes the major commercial areas, Flatbush Ave, Washington, Vanderbilt and Franklin Ave, but not Nostrand Ave or any other Avenue to the east. It will go as far south as Medgar Evers College.
DOT explained that where bike share exists it needs to be dense, so they want a station every avenue and every few streets. They gave us a map divided into squares of approximately that size and noted places that were suggested by people and places DOT scoped out. There were different markers for sites that would be on sidewalks and plazas and those that would be on the street. As part of the workshop we marked locations that were good, suggested new locations that were not marked, and we marked locations that would not be good for bike share stations.
Check out the DOT website for bike share workshops where you work and live. Upcoming include Bed Stuy and Lower Manhattan. I will be attending the workshop for Manhattan Community Board 1 at the Pace Student Union, 3 Spruce Street on Tuesday March 13th.
At the meeting I heard someone from DOT say that bike share will begin in August 2012. I HOPE we do not have to wait that long!