By Bill Parry
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Citi Bike will have its long-awaited rollout in Long Island City early in August, with docking stations installed at 12 locations around the neighborhood. The new service is part of a plan announced in October that would double the size of the bike-sharing fleet of blue bikes on city streets from 6,000 to 12,000.
“This is the start of something big.” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “Citi Bike is rolling into the outer boroughs like never before. That means hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will have a fast, sustainable, low-cost transportation option.
Long Island City was supposed to be part of the original Citi Bike roll-out two years ago, but Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the equipment that was stored in flooded warehouses. Stations will be established at MoMA PS1, the Vernon-Jackson No. 7 subway station, the