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.”
The Times’ good-news story this morning, “No Riders Killed in First 5 Months of New York City Bike-Share Program,” could almost have been written a year ago. In fact, it was, sort of, in this space. In June 2012, Streetsblog published my piece pooh-poohing predictions of looming traffic carnage. We followed that with a similar […]
DOT and Citi Bike marked the return of a protected bike lane to Sixth Avenue today with a ribbon-cutting and celebratory ride. The event also served to highlight Women’s Bike Month and a Motivate campaign to encourage women in NYC to ride bikes. The new Sixth Avenue bikeway runs from Eighth Street to 33rd Street, the same street where […]
Courtesy of GIS specialist Tom Swanson, this graphic contains the best evidence yet that Citi Bike has not led to an increase in bicyclist injuries. Using crash information scraped from NYPD PDFs by freelance web developer John Krauss, Swanson was able to map which bicyclist injuries occurred inside the Citi Bike service area. Then he charted […]
Five months after its launch, Citi Bike is already moving more people than its larger, more established sister program in London, according to an analysis by University College of London researcher Oliver O’Brien. Using data feeds from Citi Bike and Transport for London, O’Brien calculated the average number of trips taken on both systems during […]