Bike Share for Jamaica Bay

Bike Sharing for Jamaica Bay would improve mobility and access of residents who otherwise would have to rely on inadequate public transportation, ride sharing and livery cars, and private vehicles--  all that add to the congestion and emissions in a sensitive wildlife habitat.

DOT has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for bike share outside the existing networks, and the explansion plan of the current network will not reach Jamaica Bay anytime soon. Without a bike sharing system for Jamaica Bay, non-motorized transportation around the bay is limited to rentals from single points of service, or individually owned bicycles, making partial trips or use of a bicycle as a multi-modal transfer to access areas around the bay an option out of reach.

This petition will be delivered to
Council Member Eric Ulrich, Council Member Donovan Richards, Council Member Inez Barron, Council Member Alan Maisel, DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia, DOT Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Keith Bray
For decades, New Yorkers have had few transportation options for traveling to enjoy the Gateway National Recreation Area, New York City’s largest national park unit. Connections from nearby neighborhoods are both time-consuming and insufficient, as Jamaica Bay has limited bus routes and subway access.

Visitors face difficulties traveling within the park as many of the unit’s attractions are physically disconnected by waterways, highways, bridges, tolls or privately owned land and most park sites are not served by public transit.

Bike Sharing for Jamaica Bay would improve mobility and access of residents who otherwise would have to rely on inadequate public transportation, ride sharing and livery cars, and private vehicles-- all that add to the congestion and emissions in a sensitive wildlife habitat. Increasing access to Jamaica Bay’s waterfront is consistent with the projects recommended in OneNYC and can improve the quality of life for area residents, visitors and future generations of New Yorkers who live around Gateway National Recreation Area.

DOT has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for bike share outside the existing networks, and the expansion plan of the current network will not reach Jamaica Bay anytime soon. Without a bike sharing system for Jamaica Bay, non-motorized transportation around the bay is limited to rentals from single points of service, or individually owned bicycles, making partial trips or use of a bicycle as a multi-modal transfer to access areas around the bay an option out of reach.
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