Bike share program lawsuit - KMSP-TV

Bike share program lawsuit

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

New York City announced the new bike share program will generate $36 million annually in local economic activity. But that's not enough for many people on Bank Street in the West Village who filed a lawsuit after one of the bike stations was placed in front of a building.

The bike station appeared last week and takes up about half the block. It is part of the soon-to-launch CitiBike share program.

The West Village building is the first to sue the city Transportation Department and others over the station locations. The residents claim they were not notified before this one appeared and that placing it here violates the city charter.

"It's not that I'm against bicycles. I love and believe in them," Crystal Bock said. "It's just, this is a quiet street, not a major thoroughfare."

Jeffrey Barr, an attorney, said: "What we want is something workable, that isn't a total imposition or a danger."

Many are in favor of more bikes, but say they didn't get a chance to voice concerns, like about loitering and the now lack of parking here to name a few. 

But the city disagrees. An attorney for the Law Department said: "Bike Share station sites were chosen after an extensive and thorough selection process. We are confident the process was completely proper and that the Court will agree with us."

Former Community Board 2 member Ian Dutton backed up the city's claim that it did extensive public outreach before deciding on locations, including posting signs. He said he is jealous these residents have such a convenient station to use.

"I would love to get one in front of my building," he said.

Right before Fox 5 left Bank Street, a huge truck suddenly appeared, and within minutes had installed a giant concrete slab to protect the soon-to-be-added bikes.

A sign on the buildings door encourages residents to voice their opinion -- no matter what it is -- at a community board meeting Thursday night.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:36:44 GMT
    Public Advocate Leticia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
    Public Advocate Leticia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
  • Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American

    Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:18:03 GMT
    One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ...
    One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ...
  • NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:09:22 GMT
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices