There seem to be a lot of New Yorkers on the net that don't get Citi Bike yet. Here's a round up of the silliest things being said about the new bikeshare.
First up, there's twitter.
When ppl *really* don't get bikeshare. RT @dinorah_pena You still have to dock every 45 min, leaving your office 8x a day JUST for that!— Grtr Grtr Washington (@ggwash) May 31, 2013
One hopes that someone explained to @Dinorah_Pena that "docking" means leaving the bike at station, but the original tweet appears to have been deleted, so she probably realized her mistake.
Who doesn't want things in New York to be cheaper? Personally, I'd love to ride the subway for free. But some people seem to be having trouble with cost comparison.
Riding a bike automatically makes you a hipster to grumpy white guys:
@felixsalmon day two: 23 miles. Am I insane or is the pricing structure of this thing kind of bizarre? Zipcar is actually cheaper...— Kamil Choudhury (@kchoudhu) May 28, 2013
Citi Bike can go to hell. Already no parking in my hood, now I lose 15-20 spots so hipsters can go on bike dates? EFF THAT.— Corey Griffin (@cgriffin415) May 28, 2013
You know, except for the 32,265 miles logged as of 5:00 PM yesterday...
Then, there are the tabloids.
Yes, there are some co-op residents that are suing the city for putting a Citi Bike station in from of their building, with the claim that it slowed emergency workers putting a 92-year-old resident into an ambulance. But additional reporting from Brad Aaronat at StreetsBlog found that the FDNY didn't have any such problem.
Meanwhile New York Daily News tried to use Citi Bike as a news hook to write about an art model's breasts:
Then there are the NIMBY people who don't want bike racks in front of their building/business/children's schools. They may have legitimate concerns. They make illegitimate statements:
The DOT "should be the Department of Taliban."Both reported by NY Curbed.
Take all the bloody stands and put them in front of Citibank!
Finally, there's the fact that today's first car/Citi Bike collision was all over the news. The bigger picture is that hundreds of cyclists are injured or killed each month, so such an accident was just about inevitable and should not be used in the bike vs. car debate instead of compelling safety data. Here's a tweet to put it in context:
In April 288 cyclists, 904 peds, & 3200 motor vehicle occupants were injured on NYC streets. Meanwhile, there's been 1 #citibike crash— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) May 31, 2013
The numbers come from NYPD accident reports.
Ok, now tell what I missed. What are the most ridiculous Citi Bike comments you've encountered?