Today’s Headlines

  • Observer: Spitzer vs. Stringer Comptroller Race Creates a “Straphanger’s Dilemma”
  • Molinaro Wants To Eliminate Two-Way Streets in St. George, Add More S.I. Wheel Parking (Advance)
  • Officer Who Killed Felix Coss May Have Been on Phone (DNA, News)
  • Anthony Weiner Attempts to Become the Pro-Bike Candidate (CapNY)
  • Bicycling Is Booming in Dublin, Thanks to Robust Political Support (MTR)
  • Driver Who Injured Woman on Coney Island Avenue Was Fleeing TLC Enforcement (Ditmas Park Corner)
  • Hotel Set to Replace Chelsea Parking Garage (Crain’s)
  • When Do Online Threats of Violence Against Cyclists Cross the Line? (IVM)
  • Alex Marshall: Bike-Share Is Already Changing Behavior for the Better (RPA)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    Weiner attempts to be pro-bike candiate while promising to tear out the bike lane near his Grammercy apartment.

  • carma

    alex marhall’s comments about bike share points to exactly why we need more citibikes. it expands travel to areas not served by subways on the outer east and outer west sides of manhattan (and brooklyn, hopefully queens soon).

    and we definitely need more bikes as im passing by too many empty stations now. im thinking its not a balancing issue anymore but too much demand and too little bikes.

    where are the deniers that says this will fail? HA i say!!

  • Jeff

    Unless they add more bikes, it certainly could become a victim of its own success, and therefore a failure.

  • Bolwerk

    Hate to say it, but Spitzer will probably be more effective than Stringer. Having an independent power base never hurts.

    I somewhat wish Spitzer jumped into the mayoral race instead. I get that he actually did commit a rather grody, if rather inconsequential, crime, but he still seems way the hell more palatable politically than just about anyone besides Sal Albanese. Also, Quinn supports or at least turns a blind eye to police brutality, which is helluva worse than whore choking.

  • Mark Walker

    Spitzer and Stringer were both right on congestion pricing. We’re probably going to get a crappy mayor but at least we’ll have a good comptroller. The comptroller has the potential to be a counterbalance to the mayor, a high-profile independent voice with access to data.

  • carma

    i think its partially true. but lets say it is too successful and there are many shortages in bikes. by next year when renewal time comes, those that are upset at the system will opt out of renewal lowering the total number of members and hence creating less demand for bikes creating more supply.

    i really hope that doesnt happen as i do want to see the entire city blanketed with citibikes or whatever NYC sponsored bike. and in order for that to happen, the system/systems do need to expand and gain membership.

  • Thank you for the mention for the Invisible Visible Man.

  • Anonymous

    Every time I’ve looked at the data feed (which may or may not be accurate), it has at least 90% of so of the maximum number of bikes available. But right now, for example, it shows 29 empty stations. So it is very much a rebalancing issue. In parts of Midtown during the day, the problem is not finding a bike, but finding an empty dock.

  • moocow

    That was a good post, thank you for it.

  • carma

    thats encouraging to say 90% still available. the problem is still when all you pass by is empty docks. since launch, there only have been a handful of times i wasnt able to get a bike, but recently ive been passing by station after station of empty docks.

    perhaps its the rebalancing, but wouldnt creating more stations and more bikes help the issue as well?

  • Anonymous

    I think more bikes would help a bit, as long as they come with more or bigger stations. In Midtown at least I think there would be enough demand to justify a 40-dock station at every intersection.

    My personal record so far has been having to visit seven stations until I find a bike, or five stations until I find an empty dock. I strongly suspect that a more effective tactic would be to wait at the first station until someone shows up with a bike or frees a dock, but I’m impatient…

  • Daphna

    Speaking to the need to expand bikeshare:
    Profit from citibike is split between NYC and Alta. As of yesterday there are 55,623 annual members. 81,104 people have bought daily passes as of July 8th and 9,522 people have purchased weekly memberships. With annual membership costing $95, weekly costing $25 and daily costing $9.95, this adds up to a lot of money.

    $95 x 55,623 = $5,284,185 (actually is a little less since people paying with citibank credit or debit get $15 off and those living in NYCHA get $35 off)
    $25 x 9,522 = $238,050
    $9.95 x 81,104 = $806,985
    Total = approximately $6.3 Million as of 7/8

    Letting someone pay to advertise themselves on the bike or the docks (sponsorship) is an ideal way to get money to expand. Also Jeanette Sadik-Khan has said they are seeking a loan to be able to expand. But aside from those two options, I wonder if re-investing profit is a way to expand? Is the system generating profit??

  • Roj

    I think Weiner has shown that he cannot be trusted to safeguard space for cyclists in NYC. It could be a really long 4 years if he’s elected.

  • Thank you for your kind words.