The bike blocks no kore space than a tractor trailer unloading as happens all the time in NYC most of the times while doubled parked. Those that are crying about having to walk around them are just griping and the news outlets are just hyping it because it sells and because nobody wants to hear good news anymore.
The bike frames are made of aluminum alloy. The design has been in use for years in several other cities. The first place to use this design was Montreal where they are known as Bixi bikes, you can see them here all over the place. The bike was designed in Quebec for the Montreal bike share program.
And a line of parked cars would be easier to negotiate in an emergency? Well, I guess every silver lining has its dark cloud.Originally Posted by Essex
Unbelievable to me that even some bicyclists are scraping and digging until they can find something negative to say about what is so obviously a positive step in the right direction. Amazing.
I mean here is a program that has worked effectively and is wildly popular and successful in cities all over the world. Reduces traffic congestion, gets people physically active, reduces the need for parking spaces, is economically a plus for both the consumer and ultimately profitable for the city and the supplier, creates jobs, is convenient, healthy...
All of this in a city with so many major transportation issues both in terms of public transit, road use, bridge safety and maintenance, condition of the roads, underground gas, electric, sewage and utility. And yet all this focus like looking for a needle in a haystack on how bike share is simply not going to work and will only make things worse. Give me a break. Get happy about something for once in your life!
Last edited by vol; 06-02-13 at 02:58 PM.
My apologies if I offended Essex in particular, perhaps his question was earnest and sincere. My comments are more due to a cumulative litany of negatives in several threads regarding the bike share program, which, while still in its infancy here in NYC, is a proven success in several other cities. The "emergency vehicle" argument against them is being tossed about by some opponents to the program but when examined logically has little merit as a concern.
I'm very happy Essex thinks the Citibikes "cute" but would wish to allay him of any concerns over their quaintness superseding general safety in the city.
Also,Pro Tip:if you're going to put something in the front rack,do it while the bike is docked. The bikes become unbalanced on the kickstands when there's weight in the rack. And check your brakes before undocking;I've had several bikes that had almost no brakes. Interestingly,the only thing on these that isn't hidden behind tamper-resistant covers are the barrel adjusters down by the brake drums,so at least if there's only one bike left and the brakes are naff,you can tweak them.
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Last edited by degnaw; 06-02-13 at 08:32 PM.
It was a busy bike day in NYC today.
This rack of bikes near Astor Place was full this morning. By the time I headed home around around 6 pm it was practically empty. I spoke with someone who works for Citibike and had come by to check the bikes. He said they had been swamped today.
The bikes were every where from Brooklyn to pretty far up town on the West Side bike path.
I spoke with two guys riding them and they said they were having a great time. They lived in NYC but were from France and said, "we use them in Paris all the time, now we can use them here."
I have great enthusiasm for this program. Partly because more bikes just makes a for a better city IMO, but since I don't live here year round I am also coming into the city for a day or two at a time. I generally bring my folder but I may join the bike share and just bring a helmet and back pack.
It takes a sizable chunk of change to get a bike share program off the ground as well as some political clout. Corporate sponsorship seems to be the only way to do it. Were it entirely publicly funded, even if it were to ultimately pay for itself, there are those who would scream,"Socialism!"
As it is now there are those who scream, "Corporate Tyranny!" But since those tend to be the same people that favor the bike share program those cries are more muted.
This will teach the wall-streeters to breathe fresh air and enjoy healthy life every day. Also makes poor people to afford some healthy transportation means. It is a great thing for the whole population, regardless social and economic status.
(the crisp new bikes do make my own bike seem old and rusty )
In the space of like maybe half a dozen car parking spaces you can fit 2-3 dozen bikes.. seems like pretty efficient use of space to me. If there is an emergency, the fire truck or whatever parks beside the rack as they would beside a row of cars. The street is cordoned off as usual.