I met I-Hsing on her morning commute from the South Street Seaport area, where she’d dropped off her kids at school, to her job near Bryant Park. She was riding a Citi Bike to work for the first time. In fact, as a non-bike owner, she was riding any kind of bike to work for the first time. In the past few years, her cycling in New York City has been limited to a few day trips to Governors’ Island and the like on rented bikes.
Prior to joining Citi Bike, her main mode of commuting was a combination of subway and kick scooter. Her experience with bike-share has been positive so far. “I used it yesterday to run an errand. My kids have bikes, so I can imagine using Citi Bike over the weekends from point to point. The kids are getting faster now and will soon outpace me on my scooter, so this started at the exact right time. I love that this program is changing the culture of bike riding. That a person doesn’t need to own a bike to experience the health benefits, save on commuting costs, or enjoy the expansive views by the rivers. I got to do all three things this morning.”
Emily lives in the East Village and commutes to Midtown. She was riding to work for the first time. Before becoming a Citi Bike member, she never rode a bike in New York. How do you commute to work when you’re not riding? “Usually I take the subway into work or I walk. I usually […]
Today, New Yorkers turned out under sunny skies to try out bike-share for the first time. Citi Bike went live at 11:00 a.m., but a few New Yorkers discovered that their keys were working at some stations before the official start time this morning. By noon, it was easy to spot people pedaling bright blue bikes […]
An e-bike used by a business to haul sandwiches in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo: Ben Cooper via Flickr) You’re seeing electric-powered bicycles more and more on the streets of New York these days, so far mostly ridden by restaurant deliverymen. But are they just early adopters of what will become a more widespread trend? Today on […]
Here’s the 13th portrait in Streetsblog’s weekly “Why I Ride” series. Jessica is the fitness editor for Prevention magazine. She’s lived in New York for ten years, but has only been commuting from Brooklyn to Manhattan for the last couple of months. Not that she hasn’t been riding. She’s ticked up countless laps in Prospect […]
I ran into Mary on her commute down the First Avenue bike lane. She works as an ESL instructor and has been bike commuting in New York since 1995. For the past 10 years she has been at her dream job — teaching English to delegates and staff at the United Nations English Language Programme. […]
Carol is a talent manager. Before signing up for Citi Bike she had not been on a bike in New York in many years. She joined largely because of her cross-town commute. “I go from 44th and Lexington to 53rd and 8th. I normally take the subway — two trains — or I walk. Most […]