Today’s Headlines

Bike-Share Headlines:

  • Bike-Share Debuts, Giving New Yorkers a New Transit Option (NYT, AP, WSJNews)
  • In First Six Hours, Bike-Share Logged 6,050 Trips, 13,768 Miles, And Totaled 16,463 Members (Citi Bike)
  • Daily News Reporter (No, Not That One) Loves Citi Bike, Cuts His Commute Time by More Than Half
  • Times Reporters Test Bike-Share and Find It’s Competitive With (Often Faster Than) Cab, Bus, or Subway
  • Gothamist‘s Jake Dobkin: “It’s Going to Be a Life-Changer”
  • If You Read Only the Post, You Might Think Bike-Share Is an Irredeemable Failure
  • Matt Yglesias: Bike-Share, Which Thrives on Density, an Ideal Match for NYC (Slate)
  • TV Stations All Aired Essentially the Same Bike-Share Report (NY1WCBSFox 5WNBCWABCWPIX)
  • Denis Hamill Incoherently Proclaims “I Hate His Obnoxious Bike Lanes, But I Like Mike’s Bikes” (News)
  • Alta May Have Violated DC Wage Laws, So Tish James Looks Into NYC Labor Rules (In These Times)

Other Headlines:

  • News and Post Bizarrely Talk About Bike-Share After Driver Kills Cyclist Mai Zhang, 74, in Bensonhurst
  • Hit-And-Run Driver Critically Injures 23 Year-Old Man on Tremont Avenue in Bronx (Post 1, 2)
  • Bill Perkins Keeps 125th Street Bus Riders Waiting as DOT and MTA Gut Bus Lane Plan (DNA, News)
  • Ray Kelly Says He Isn’t Running for Mayor, Despite Poll and GOP Draft Effort (CapNYVillage Voice)
  • Post Movie Critic Rehashes Bogus AAA Survey to Bash Camera Enforcement (Gothamist)
  • Diane Savino, Lobbying for Better Bus Service, Also Voted to Raid MTA Funds (2nd Avenue Sagas)
  • Kimmelman: City Council Should Play Hardball With MSG and Close Penn Station Loophole (NYT)
  • Taxi Driver Crashes Into Bar Whose Owner Was Killed by Speeding Driver in 2011 (Bowery Boogie)
  • Dollar Van Driver With 23 Prior Arrests Rams NYPD Vehicle, Leads Cops on Crown Heights Chase (Post)
  • Abandoned Car Shuts Brooklyn Bridge for Two Hours Over Terrorism Risk (News, Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Eddie Bricker

    I’ve lost all faith in the post. Not that there was much to begin with.

    I gave a 10 minute, positive, interview at the Barclays center station and they managed to publish the one and only semi-negative thought I had about the entire bikeshare system.

  • carma

    finally after all the waiting, its here. i logged in to the citibike app and was dissapointed that more than half was down, but when i went to a bikeshare station, miraculously everything was up. my first citibike ride this morning was effortless.

    i rode a short .5-.75 miles from the east side to port authority to catch my bus. in the short time, i had nothing but gawkers. (i felt like a freak show). but i also already saw tons of bike share members out in full force already. i gave them all a thumbs up. as i was parking the bike on 41st & 8th. a food delivery guy who was walking started asking all these questions. he seems quite excited and asked if it was free. i said sorry. it’ll cost you $103 per year. he said thats cheap. it sure beats walking he mentions.

  • Jeff

    I like how the post manages to take a picture of a happy kid smiling on the back of a bike and wrap it in doom and gloom. The horror!

    Should we really be surprised that the Post is going all-out against bike share, more than any other recent changes on the street? People on Streetsblog understand that bike share is a huge step towards a more people-friendly streetscape that will ultimately require motorists to slow down and truly share the road. It seems that the Post is every bit as aware, and their fear is equally as strong as our enthusiasm.

  • It’s absurd how they just write the story they want rather than the story that’s there.

    But in this case I don’t fully understand their animosity towards this new amenity? Do they assume it’s what their old change weary readers want to read? Is it another way to grind their ax against the DOT Commissioner?

    But really WHAT is the problem?

    With all the drama I expected on my most recent trip in to Manhattan to see blood everywhere and bike stations covering every inch of the street total chaos and the end of times… I only saw one station and someone looking at it.

    We’ve endured far worse here in the Bronx– there are huge unwanted parking garages built over our parks– People in Brooklyn have hada lot a big real changes — thats worth talking about.

    But I feel like people whining over lost parking and seeing a new object (oh no!) has gotten more press than big things that really change how people live and work.

    And it’s a vindetta your experience proves it. They are looking for any possible way to say that this is bad.

    But why? What is their problem?

  • heh. delivery guys and messengers are plagued with flat tires the idea of a bike that someone else keeps ready for you is like HEAVEN…

    It’s unlimited 45 min trips?

    I don’t know I could see a lot of messengers having this as a back-up. I would have done it. It’s better than losing your job or getting on the wrong side of dispatch for being late witha run,

    I wonder what other ways this will weave itself in to the economy.

  • I don’t understand their motivation fully here. Other than being a wet blanket.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    Yesterday was the best day living in New York of my transplant life. Great weather, far easier to get around, and so many neighborhoods to visit. I easily rode between union square, the west village, flatiron, and back home to the east village.

    Especially on a holiday weekend where subways run with large headways, trips of under 2 miles are far superior by bikeshare. I would have used my bike but figured I’d give the new system a whirl. The bag holder in the front proved invaluable when my girlfriend got the shopping itch (see, bikeshare users spend money at dock adjacent businesses…) and not having to go through my 2 minute locking and unlocking routine vs the bikeshare’s 10 second lock/unlock was a big help.

    Today was a great commute. I took the bikeshare directly to the express train rather than walking to the nearby local. Shaved 20% off my commute. On a day like today where the weather is forecast for a chance of rain this evening, it is nice to still be able to bike in the morning when it is so nice out.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    Easier to be negative than positive.

  • kb

    Just signed up! Member ID past 20000!!!

  • Anonymous

    Those Post and Daily News articles are pure comedy. Reminds me of journalists always mentioning “tragic event xyz is not believed to be connected to terrorism.” Now every tragic bicycle incident will be connected to CitiBike in some way. The War on Bike Share is continuing.

  • Bolwerk

    Why does the GOP need Ray Kelly when it has Christine Quinn? (Answer: it’s not a policy problem. The GOP doesn’t like women or lesbians.)

  • Joe R.

    I honestly think the problem here is people who want to live a suburban lifestyle driving everywhere in NYC, and seeing bike lanes and bike share docks as yet another obstacle getting in the way of that. It’s not like there wasn’t congestion before. I’ve lived here all my 50 years, and I never remember Manhattan streets being anything but congested. It just seems the entitlement level of motorists has gone way up recently. Either that, or they’re so used to having 100% of the streets devoted to them that it annoys them something else is taking a small percentage of the space.

    Maybe the Post and the NYDN are doing us a favor. If they keep making the situation worse than it is, maybe a lot of people who like to drive everywhere will get disgusted and just leave the city. It’s not like they’re doing anyone any favors by staying. All the studies out there show more people walking and biking, as opposed to driving, is better for business.

  • Ridgewoodian

    Great point about the shopping. I went for a shakedown cruise yesterday and found that there was a docking station at the north end of Union Square. What the heck, I thought, and went into the Barnes and Noble right there. I know, it’s not mom and pop, but it is a business that employs New Yorkers. I got bought a book on the spur of the moment to give to my lady friend. So I got relationship brownie points AND contributed to the economic life of the city. Thank you, Citi Bike!

  • Ridgewoodian

    I ended up talking for twenty minutes yesterday to a man who said he witnessed the rescue of the 92 year old man who was in distress, the rescue which supposedly, infamously, took an hour because of the new docking station in front of the old man’s building. This man, the one I was talking to, was mostly against Citi Bike but even he said the rescue didn’t take an hour. “That’s what was reported in the POST.” I guess we all agree you can’t believe the POST.

  • Anonymous

    Today I commuted by Citi Bike bikeshare, along with several others on my route. The only “novice” behavior I witnessed that the tabloids have kept warning us about was by one guy who was riding *his own* bike. Oh, and by drivers, of course. But bad behavior by THEM is okay, of course.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they did take an hour to get the guy out. But the reason was surely that they were treating him at home, and it took them an hour to decide that he needed to be taken to the hospital after all. Or maybe there’s some other reason I can’t imagine, but I’m sure it wasn’t the bike docks!

    I’ve seen paramedics come to aid neighbors in distress, stay for the better part of an hour, and then leave without taking them to the hospital when they decide that it’s not necessary.

  • Ridgewoodian

    I’ve no doubt that IF it took an hour to get the man out it was because they were treating him in his apartment and not because of the docking station “barricade.” How far away would an ambulance have had to park to cause an hour delay? It’s absurd on its face.

  • Brad Aaron

    Correct. FDNY told me why it took however long it took, and it had nothing to do with the bike-share station.

  • Anonymous

    I’m waiting for an Onion-style story about the rollout of other transportation modes. Imagine the uproar about a “new” bus system, or the “first” taxicabs! God help us all!!! 😉

  • Eddie

    From the “In These Times” article: “Because the bikes are completely funded by a corporate sponsor (leaving aside the question, for the moment, of how it looks to have the city partner with a bank that kicked off the deregulatory bonanza that caused the financial crisis and has been accused of helping drug lords launder money), the workers for CitiBike will not be subject to the city’s living wage law for city-funded jobs, which would require a minimum pay rate of $10.20 an hour with benefits or $11.75 an hour without benefits.”

    It’s sad that these workers aren’t getting benefits or a living wage. Even if the bikes themselves are privately-sponsored, the program was created and implemented by the DOT.

  • Mike

    I like the symmetry of the Post reporting one negative thing from an interview at Barclays and ignoring the positive when one compares it to their positive reporting of the Barclays Center itself in the face of so much negative commentary.

  • Daphna

    You are making an assumption that just because it is not required, the NYC Bikeshare workers are making less. That’s a flawed assumption. NYC Bikeshare workers may be making above the wage requirements for city funded jobs. All that is known is that since these jobs are not city funded, those wages are not required. But to attract quality labor, NYC Bikeshare might well be paying well above these minimums even without being required to.

  • Eddie

    I think my assumption is very probable, based on what has happened in DC.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2013/05/portlands_alta_bicycle_share_h.html