The petition currently has (almost) 150 signatures, but the goal is to gather 5,000. Once that is complete, then they will send them to local elected officials including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James and City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.
Bronx Borough President already supports the petition. Diaz has advocated bringing Citi Bike into the Bronx since 2015, criticizing a decision to expand it into New Jersey before bringing it to all of New York City, including his borough.
Letitia James has also previously demanded that Citi Bike should be expanded into Staten Island. She feels that this is necessary to ensure that transit-starved communities have access to alternative transit systems.
There is legitimacy to the petition inasmuch as the Citi Bike program has not only been initiated in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, but it is being actively extended to other states, while there being no plans to bring it to the Bronx or Staten Island.
Erwin Figueroa, the Bronx organizer at Transportation Alternatives, said the petition highlights the inequality that exists in bringing transportation initiative to the five boroughs. He alleges that this is a symptom of more general unequal treatment of the boroughs. However, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg stated that expanding Citi Bike into Staten Island would be difficult because the stations would be less accessible to workers who distribute and maintain bikes.