Casey Neistat: Getting Around NYC Is a Huge Pain, But Not on Citi Bike

Don’t let the title of the video fool you. As filmmaker Casey Neistat says, getting around NYC can be a hassle. But when he conducted his own commuter challenge — factoring in speed, cost, comfort, and ease of use — Neistat found Citi Bike preferable not only to a cab ride, but to his personal bike as well.

Neistat gives high marks to Citi Bikes, and notes that an annual membership (which he didn’t yet have) makes it much easier to check them in and out. It’s also interesting to see how restrained Neistat is on the Citi Bike compared to when he rides his fixie.

Once you learn the system, he concludes, bike-share is the way to go.

“It turns out Citi Bike is not a pain in the ass at all,” says Neistat. “It’s great.”

  • Anonymous

    Fun video.

    However, it would have been more compelling had it come from someone who didn’t live in the Village, commute to Tribeca, and own a fixie. Those people will come around on their own. We need to convince the marginal user.

  • ohnonononono

    Citi Bike is great when the docks work. Pain in the ass when they don’t.

  • Jared R

    After 55 rides, I’ve experienced my first down station at the corner of Vanderbilt and Dekalb this morning. I was disappointed, but luckily an express bus to Fulton pulled up right as I was about to hike it on the G.

  • Jesse

    This is cute. I’m impressed with how he rode the bike into the dock. I’ve tried to do that but I’ve never been able to.

  • Anonymous

    I managed to ride the bike into the dock, but not fast enough to actually dock it. That would have been cool.

  • Joe R.

    I’ve been inadvertently practicing that for decades. One of the little “fun” things I’ve done after a ride is drive the bike into my driveway and in between the little gap between the gates. It’s barely big enough for my tire, but I always hit the mark. That should come in handy whenever I finally decide to give bike share a try,

  • Ben Kintisch

    Fun video. I actually think that he represents a huge potential segment of bike share users – people who own bikes but decide that bike share is actually more convenient. I liked that statistic where he assumes his bike will get stolen every 18 months. That’s a big expense if it happens every year and a half. Oof. Another reason to try bike share.

  • Joe R.

    Bike theft is actually the main reason I would have for using bike share. I could already use my bike on errands but won’t because of the high likelihood of it getting stolen. I suppose I could just keep a real beater bike for errands except out here in eastern Queens most errands I would want to use a bike for involve trips of at least 5 miles each way, often more than twice that. A POS bike just isn’t comfortable for trips that long. Citibikes would work fine for that however, if they ever get out here. They’re not super fast but they’re comfortable. I could certainly easily cover up to 9 or 10 miles in the 45 minute time span. That opens a whole new world for me.

  • Drew Levitt

    Fun video, but kind of misses the point of Citi Bike – that it allows you to make short-hop, one-way, no-commitment bike trips.

    Also, Casey, if you hate your own bike so much, get a different bike! There are plenty of bikes with wider handlebars, softer saddles, and freewheels. Indeed, most bikes boast these features.

  • Guest

    Isn’t a 1.3 mile trip of approximately 10 minutes almost the very definition of “short-hop”?

  • Todd Edelman

    As someone pointed out, a normal, owned city bike can be similarly comfortable, plus you can get a rack etc to carry a bunch of cargo. Both the fixie and Citi Bike should have been penalized for the latter compared to the taxi. So an upright bike with a comfy seat (also for a few hundred) plus better cargo = probably also about 9 points… and you don’t have to greenwash a bank that invests in mountain top removal and tar sands extraction.

  • Drew Levitt

    Certainly, yes, a 1.3 mile trip is a short hop. But the chief virtue of bike share is that it allows you to make the trip in the morning, say, without fear of being caught out in the rain coming home in the evening; or to ride to a restaurant and retain the ability to take the subway with your friends after the meal. That’s what I mean by “one-way” and “no-commitment.”

  • carma

    same here. i can pretty much ride it right into it, but at such low speed that it would never lock. plus i have my backpack in the front and i dont have the best field of vision when docking.

  • Anonymous

    I agree completely. For a 1.3-mile trip, given a choice between my bike and walking, I might walk to avoid the hassle and especially the risk of locking and/or storing the bike. But between walking and bikeshare, I would definitely choose bikeshare. In fact, I’ve already chosen bikeshare several times for even shorter trips of about 0.75 miles.


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