Citi Bike Dock Returns to Straus Square After Month-Long Hiatus
Motor vehicle traffic through Straus Square may have terminated, but the bike share just resumed. In other words, the Citi Bike dock returned to the new pedestrian plaza yesterday after a month-long hiatus.
The brief reprieve was timed to coincide with the recent resurfacing of the roadway between Rutgers Street and East Broadway. Crews installed the skateboard-resistant topcoat earlier this week, sealing off the outlet to westbound drivers (and potentially aggravating traffic on East Broadway as a result).
Straus Square is one of the most heavily used bike racks in the neighborhood, and local members weren’t too happy upon removal. It’s back for the duration. However, there remains a possibility that this dock is relocated (at a later date) to another spot nearby, potentially on the sidewalk near Wu’s Wanton King.
As previously reported, the ultimate goal of the pedestrian plaza is connecting Seward Park to Straus Square. In effect, annexing the traffic triangle and incorporating it as part of a unified park. The project was made possible due to $6.4 million in grant money from Seward Park as part of the “Park’s Without Borders” program.