By Sabina Mollot
As Town & Village reported last month, two new Citi Bike valet stations have arrived at Stuyvesant Town. Together, the two docks, one on First Avenue and 16th Street and the other on East 20th Street, increased the number of bikes available to residents by 160.
The new bikes came at the request of Council Member Keith Powers, who’d been hearing from residents that there were never any bikes at the docks in the morning.
As it turns out, this may be due in part to the fact that a space in Stuyvesant Town that was leased to Citi Bike for the storage of about 500 bikes, was reutilized to become a new gym. Since then, Citi Bike has leased a smaller space on the property, but according to Rick Hayduk, general manager of Stuyvesant Town, management is trying to find a larger space onsite for the bikes’ storage, possibly on Avenue C.
Hayduk added that the gym’s space was needed on East 14th Street because of demand for a gym from residents on that side of the complex, but management also recognizes that with the L train shutdown looming, residents are also going to be in need of the option to bike to work.
One resident on East 20th Street told us last week the valet station has helped but that mornings after 9 a.m. are still a difficult time to guarantee a bike will be available.