Today’s Headlines

  • Citi Bike Trips Top 250,000 (NY1)
  • Is the Daily News Positioning Itself as the Pro-Bike-Share Tabloid?
  • WSJ Asks: Where Are the Rest of Citi Bike’s 6,000 Bikes?
  • Times Finds Citi Bike Users Forgiving of Software Problems
  • Sadik-Khan Talks Public Spaces With Clyde Haberman (NYT)
  • TA: Nearly 90 Percent of Brooklyn Drivers Speed, But NYPD Issued Only 2,028 Tickets in 2011 (Post)
  • Jeff Klein Continues Push for School Zone Speed Cameras (NYTNews)
  • More Coverage of Jimmy Van Bramer’s Call for Queens Bike-ShareNewsDNA
  • Pedestrian Karin Eberts-Ayub, 53, Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver in Sheepshead Bay (News, DNA)
  • What Happened to Hit-and-Run Victim Kevin Bell Will Test Your Faith in Humanity (PostNewsDNA)
  • Nicole Gelinas Endorses the Sam Schwartz Fair Toll Plan (Post)
  • Hunter Profs Peter Tuckel and William Milczarski Tie NYC Cyclist Fatalities to Helmet Use (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Greg

    In about a week Citi Bike mileage will pass 1 million. Stay tuned for that announcement. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Daily News, rock on.

    Who has had glithces with CitiBike? I’ve used it half a dozen times, so far no issues.

  • Anonymous

    Anecdotally, I have noticed the system seems much more reliable since about middle of last week. Haven’t seen any dead stations since Monday, and the WNYC Map has been showing almost all of them active during the day lately.

  • Anonymous

    Another anecdote: Every single time I’ve been in a Citi Bike area since the debut, I’ve seen at least one in use. And I’ve only been at the fringes (Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, Park Slope).

    So while DOT is obviously–just obviously–cooking the books and lying as much about these numbers as they do the safety of PPW, they’re still smart enough to pay big bucks for a few dummy riders to go around imitating very happy customers.

  • Anonymous

    Same with me; my last glitch was Tuesday morning. I’ve had a few dead docks here and there, but not any dead stations.

  • Anonymous

    Same with me; my last glitch was Tuesday morning. I’ve had a few dead docks here and there, but not any dead stations.

  • Anonymous

    Same with me; my last glitch was Tuesday morning. I’ve had a few dead docks here and there, but not any dead stations.

  • tyler

    I saw a couple folk on Saturday exploring the PPW bike path. Probably gonna end up with overage charges (though I wonder if Alta is quietly not charging them until everything is working at 100%).

  • Anonymous

    I saw Citibikes on the Hudson River Greenway above 96th Street. Maybe they are fine with the overcharges, or just confident that they can return in time.

    I keep thinking back to the resistance of Patsy’s Pizza and Milk Burger to the First Ave Bike Lane. When Citibike expands to the Upper East Side, they will see lots of customers on bikes — and should be begging for stations in front of their shops.

  • Anonymous

    Along these lines I also saw lots of Citibikes chilln in Greenpoint Sunday. Maybe they are just taking the bikes from the nearest station, riding into the dark and then riding right back. You can’t really stop and leave the bike anywhere without a station unless you brought a big lock with you.

  • Anonymous

    Citibike Tweeted on Friday that they “made several adjustment this week to improve customer experience at the stations.” Seems to have work pretty well at addressing dead stations.

  • Bob

    Bravo, Ms. Gelinas: a well-written and -considered piece.

    Mr. Schwartz’s plan would be a huge deal for NYC if it somehow passes. By the lack of truly anti-Schwartz plan responses by NY pols, I have a gut feeling that there is a possibility, thought I’d assuming it will not come until 2015, after the state elections. Relatedly, bring back the outer-borough Triboro RX idea and fund it via the Schwartz plan.

  • Eddie

    The Daily News staff need some instruction in how to wear a helmet properly. It won’t do you much good if it’s on backwards (intern Rachel Bryson-Brockmann) or if the strap isn’t fastened (reporter Ryan Sit).

  • tyler

    Yeah, if they were just turning around there and returning to Atlantic, they’re probably within time (or the $2.50/$4 overage). Not a big deal.

  • Daphna

    22,298 trips on Saturday and 25,119 trips on Sunday. This happened with only 4,507 bikes so it was an average of 5.6 trips per bike Sunday. Even with the software glitches and with the launch having fewer bikes and covering a smaller area than originally planned, Citibike is enormously popular! 41,148 annual members so far, but according to numbers given to people when they sign-up this number is about 80,000; either way, a ton of people have signed up and it’s only 2 weeks since launch and 3 weeks since the preview week. Citibike is surpassing all projections!

  • Daphna

    The Post is the only paper that reported the Kevin Bell sad story thoroughly. It’s horrible that one driver saw him and was rushing over but another ran him over before she could get there. If one driver could see him then the others should have been able to – if they were paying attention and driving at a reasonable speed that would let them react to road hazards in time. The one who hit him swerved and likely was aware of hitting something but did not stop – unconscionable behavior.

  • Daphna

    Greg’s website of graphs of Citibike usage statistics is awesome! https://sites.google.com/site/citibikestats/

  • Daphna

    I am pleased to see that a docking station was installed in the last couple days at Elizabeth and Hester Street in Chinatown. I hope Alta continues to install more docking stations.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    This is my experience as well.

    And a dead dock when there are still empty docks at the station is like getting the “swipe again” with your metro card. Takes all of 5 seconds to fix.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a lot of book-cooking. What proof do you really have?

  • Daphna

    Those two pictures of Daily News intern Rachel Bryson-Brockmann with her helmet on backwards are pretty funny. And reporter Ryan Sit’s helmet is too small to fit over his hat so it sits too high – plus as Eddie points out – the strap is not fastened rendering it totally useless. But they are shown giving Citibke a try and they came back with relatively positive reporting. This article also shows more of an attempt at actual journalism (investigating, getting facts) than many of their other stories.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry–I was just joking. That’s become the anti-bikeshare conspiracy claim: “The numbers are all lies!” And I was taking it to its logical conclusion: no one really rides Citi Bikes, except a few DOT employees.

  • carma

    the one on elizabeth and hester has been around for sometime. it was just never active.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Average duration — 21 minutes for 2.5 miles, or 8.4 miles per hour including stops. Perhaps 10-12 miles per hour when moving.

    Compare with the motor vehicle speeds indicated in the post above.