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GeorgeBMac 12-09-12 07:24 AM

Down-Sizing New Yorkers
 
New York's mayor Bloomberg -- the same one who banned giant size soft drinks -- has another plan to down-size New Yorkers:

Bike-Share was delayed through the summer and then by Hurricane Sandy but is again on track...
... Maybe this is the cure for the Nation's rising health care costs?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-1...-s-damage.html

Road Fan 12-09-12 07:56 AM

He wants to make New Yorkers smaller? Export the big ones and import some small ones?

I used a share-bike (Vel-Lib?) in France a few years ago - it was nice to have that option!

ratdog 12-09-12 08:16 AM

I think your title is a bit mis-guided since New Yorkers typically walk or take mass transit to most destinations. I also doubt if these programs would work out in areas like West Virginia where it could make the most impact on rising health care cost.

Shamrock 12-10-12 02:49 PM

The soda thing was this.In the poor areas of New york which includes the 5 boroughs which is over 8 million.The small neighborhood stores, ( bodegas) sell giant size fountain soda for less than bottle water.So now you know the rest of the story!I think he made the right call just like banning smoking from bars and restaurants.

berner 12-11-12 11:54 AM

Bloomberg is the guy who traveled to an international conference on global warming in Europe in his own private plane. He's a jerk but a very rich jerk.

Mobile 155 12-11-12 01:10 PM

It is so refreshing to see someone in government that knows how to put Soft drinks and Bike sharing on top of the list:lol: over such small things like health and heating.:eek: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012...ndy/?mobile=nc

As far as soft drinks go all it does is keep the poor from buying more than 12 ounces. The working construction worker will just buy another soft drink after they finish the first one. Think of how we do it at home, get a 12 or 24 pack and put it in the fridge and get one when you want one. Unless they put a limit on the number someone buys. As far as a large soda costing more than a bottle of water let me think, water in most places is free and even from a purification machine it cost 25 cents a gallon so the water bottles must cost a lot more than a soda cup. That and the fact you can get water from a soda despencer.:D

Now if they could put as much effort at getting heat and housing to displaced poor as they did to sodas and bicycles maybe New York could get back on their feet.

GeorgeBMac 12-11-12 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Shamrock (Post 15035476)
The soda thing was this.In the poor areas of New york which includes the 5 boroughs which is over 8 million.The small neighborhood stores, ( bodegas) sell giant size fountain soda for less than bottle water.So now you know the rest of the story!I think he made the right call just like banning smoking from bars and restaurants.

At the Red Cross chapter where I volunteer, the vending machine sells Coke & Pepsi for $.75 but a bottle of water costs $1.25

It just seems SO wrong. :(

BluesDawg 12-11-12 09:01 PM

ibtl

DnvrFox 12-11-12 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by BluesDawg (Post 15040518)
ibtl

Nope - I predict P&R

stapfam 12-12-12 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by GeorgeBMac (Post 15040490)
At the Red Cross chapter where I volunteer, the vending machine sells Coke & Pepsi for $.75 but a bottle of water costs $1.25

It just seems SO wrong. :(

Change that to 's and it is the same price over here. Even worse in pubs where soft drinks-Soda's and bottled water- cost more than a pint does.

But Bike scheme has been running in London and seems to be successful. Plenty of bikes- plenty of docking stations and not many bikes go "walkies".

jmccain 12-12-12 10:43 AM

Whether you agree with the mayor or not, I think it's good to have health and weight issues discussed.

Looigi 12-12-12 10:56 AM

How much is the water at the drinking fountain next to the soda machine?

Bloomberg is an elitist authoritarianist. He would be happy to exercise control over everything you do.


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