Today's roundup of ridiculous Citi Bike commentary

New York's bike share program
CC BY-NC 3.0 Margaret Badore

For those who haven't had their fill of ridiculous comments about Citi Bike, the opening weekend for the bike share program's day and week passes are rich with opportunity.

First up is Dorothy Rabinowitz, a Wall Street Journal editorial board member, warning people outside of New York that their streets could also be "begrimed" by blue bikes.

"Do not ask me to enter the mind of the totalitarians running the government."
Is Citi Bike basically an ad on wheels? Sure. Is it taxpayer funded? No. Is run by the government? No.
"It is time to call a halt to Sadik-Khan and her faceless road swipers."
Actually, New York's cyclists do not have a representative share of road space. Shane Phillips has detailed explanation of why here.

Meanwhile, New York's tabloids continue to think that attractive women near city bikes make for compelling news:


Then, there's this lede from a tester at The Daily News:

"Does anyone have a back brace with a side of codeine?"
I won't add to the criticisms such as, "you come off in your article as either clueless or snobbish," already heaped on her in the comments section.

Next, the New York Observer has an interesting headline:
New York Observer/Screen capture
Huh…that sounds familiar, like our bike condom post we did in 2009? In any case, we still think washing your hands is a much better option than temporarily wrapping any part of a communal bike in plastic.

Happily, I'll end with a Twitter user who's standing up to CitiBike nonsense:Twitter/Screen capture

Tags: Bike Sharing | New York City

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