Poll: When Will Jacques Capsouto Come Around on Bike-Share?

Jacques Capsouto is the Tribeca restaurateur who got some nice free publicity by throwing a one-man tantrum yesterday about the bike-share station going up next to his restaurant, Capsouto Freres. Of course, it’s probably just a matter of time before Capsouto realizes that having 23 public bike docks by his front door is a customer magnet. The question is, when?

Vote in the Streetsblog poll:

When Will Jacques Capsouto Come to Embrace Bike-Share?

  • June 2013 (44%, 63 Votes)
  • Never (33%, 48 Votes)
  • June 2014 (24%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 144

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  • Andy B from Jersey

    With hundreds of bike share users coming feet from his door, day after day, he’ll come around real quick! I do admire his protest however.

  • KillMoto

    After that tantrum, people like me will eat at every nearby restaurant except his. We don’t want to reward bad behavior. So, he won’t see an uptick in business.

  • Actually, I think embracing initial holdouts is the way to go. If you turn them into allies they can provide powerful testimonials if the system meets future resistance as it expands.

    Imagine a guy like Capsouto saying something like this:

    “I understand your concerns about bike share. I had them, too. But I was wrong! Citi Bike has been a boon to my business.”

    Could really help…

  • Anonymous

    I’m very confused. I thought Capsouto Freres closed. So why should they care?

    And can somebody please tell them that nothing could be more French than BikeShare. See Velib in Paris!

  • LPike

    Capsouto Freres was completely ruined by Sandy, and remains closed to this day, perhaps never to reopen. His house across the street was also gutted. In retrospect, he deserves everything he got!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think opposing bikeshare makes anyone deserve that their house be destroyed.

  • Albert

    Has anyone yet gotten a comment from successful restaurateur and known bicycling supporter Henry Rinehart, of the still-successful UWS restaurant “Henry’s”?

  • KillMoto

    You are in fact right. That’s my own knee-jerk reaction. Bike share is not new though – anyone can go online and find out its impact on nearby businesses. Not just in London or Paris, but Boston and DC.

    To me this echoes a bit of the state senator who opposes speed cameras because it hasn’t been proven unequivocally to work in NYC (since he won’t accept their success in other cities).

    So you’re right. We’d be well served to patronize the places that need to be shown the way. Come in, place bike helmet in the table, and order a nice meal…

  • Ben Kintisch

    Henry Rinehart is great. He has a new bike corral and he’s given testimony in favor of bike improvements on the Upper West Side.

  • Albert

    Yeah, and I’d dearly love to attend a debate between these two guys running similar small businesses who’ve come down on opposite sides of the bicycling issue.

  • Ben Kintisch

    In fact I’ve been meaning to stop by those two restaurants whose owners had opposed the protected bike lane extension into East Harlem. The next time I’m up there, I want to go in for a burger or pizza and say, “You know, even though I know you weren’t into the bike lane before, I biked here because the nice bike lane is outside your place. And here’s my money for some pizza.”

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