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Old 09-02-16, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by djordan View Post
Sponsorship? Ownership? Either way a single multi-billion dollar corporation should never be given that much influence over the city's public infrastructure. On my path from the Port Authority to my office, I go from the West side to Park Ave. and from the 40's to the 20's... and I see HUGE amounts of space occupied by the industrial-looking and hideous (in my view) Citibike racks. I'm wondering if it's just a matter of time until there are crackdowns on where and how the rest of us can park our normal bikes...
(and yes, I AM a little paranoid!)
There is a HUGE difference between sponsorship and ownership. Citi is helping support the program which reduces the cost to the taxpayer. You may hate or resent big corporations but they are not profiting off this deal.

Even with GPS tracking and a good lock, the bike will get stolen, guaranteed. So you will need to spend time either filing the claim or trying to track down the stolen bike. And then what? Do it again?

Bike share programs are designed to serve users like you. They are one element in public transportation and you are already using one element that is subsidized by taxpayers so why not use another?
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