This came days after the city announced a massive extension of its Citi Bike program, expanding deeper into Queens and Brooklyn, as well as the Bronx and Manhattan.
Whether or not the reason for stopping the program is to make Citi Bike the only bike-sharing service throughout the five boroughs, the Department of Transportation should allow dockless services like Lime to continue.
Docked bikes are not for every community. With services like Lime, bikes are distributed in more places than just a few preselected docks.
In Rockaway, a vacant bright green-and-yellow bike can be found on nearly every corner.
The Rockaway peninsula is a transportation desert, and having a service like Lime allows more people to get where they need to go faster.
For example, some residents in northern Bayswater have no form of public transportation for more than ten blocks. To get to the A train, they would have to walk a considerable distance that a person on a bike could complete in a fraction of the time.
For visitors, Lime allows them to grab a bike, explore the boardwalk, and find a beach that is less crowded than those within walking distance of the ferry and train stops.
Once they settle on a beach, they can just leave the bike, instead of trying to find a dock, which might be far away.
Additionally, the Citi Bike extension does not bring bikes to Queens neighborhoods past Ridgewood and Corona. To take popular bikes out of a community without any sort of replacement would leave a sour taste in residents’ mouths.
The city should reconsider and allow Lime to continue to operate in Rockaway. In fact, it should consider bringing dockless biking services to other transportation deserts.