I got excited the other night and snapped these photos of the *sneaky* Citi bike people (they even have fancy branded trucks!) installing some new infrastructure right off 5th Ave by the famed Flatiron Building. I really can’t believe it’s finally coming together.
In typical American, if not New York fashion, people are VERY wary of others telling them to step aside…from bankers to busboys, many New Yorkers are angry at the bike share program for displacing their well-fed and luxuriating selves.
The history of Denmark is such that, fortunately, (and as I understand it) its love affair with the car was short-lived after WWII, and the bike’s “market-share,” let’s say, never had time to lose ground. Indeed, as we can see below,
pre-automobile NYC was also quite bicycle-friendly (ok, yes, it was quite a different time…but still) before the advent of the car. We then, though, unfortunately did engage in a tryst with the automobile industry and are still trying to break free…hence the troubles we have culturally with cycling in big cities like NYC. People simply aren’t used to bicycles, nor should they be, really. But it’s time to get a clue.
Of course per usual, the media blows things out of proportion, though people are indeed upset about the coming increase in bikes on the road and, in this case, the program itself. I would almost fault The Gothamist for helping to spread a negative image of Citibike, but really they’re just riding the wave. I encourage you to read the following story of several so-called victims:
There does seem to be some sort of snafu; but as someone who lives at the nexus of many a 5th Ave parade can attest to, the NYPD usually *does its best* to warn people of towing a few days in advance of things. Perhaps this situation was different, if not poorly-run, but in even one of the greatest cities in the world, there’s allllways something to complain about. The bike share program is just another scapegoat. Fortunately, this time, the car-eating monster is here to stay.
PS-the comments below that article are the PERFECT representation of the conversations going on…and as you can see…they’re not quite so informed…