Today’s Headlines

  • NYT: Next Mayor Should Gird Up to Fight for East River Bridge Tolls
  • News: Fare Hikes Shouldn’t Exceed Rate of Inflation
  • Three Pedestrians Killed in Weekend of Traffic Violence (Gothamist, News)
  • Enviros Call on Bloomberg to Make as Much Progress on SBS as Possible Before 2014 (Gotham Gaz)
  • Gelinas Warns of MTA’s Rising Debt, Health Care, and Pension Costs (Post)
  • City Urges Court to Toss Citi Bike Station Placement Lawsuit, and the Post Is Scandalized
  • Citi Bike Coming to Long Island City By September (Queens Trib)
  • How Rayquan Callahan’s Bike Became a Pretext for Police Harassment (News)
  • Broadway Pedestrian Malls Get a Makeover in West Harlem (DNA)
  • The New Summer Streets Centerpiece: Car-Free Park Avenue Tunnel (NYT)
  • Bike-Share Usage Patterns Graphed (WNYC) and Mapped (NYer)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • carma

    awesome that bike share will come to LIC so soon. it will alter my commute possibly forever. every other week, ive been doing a jog from eastern queens over the queensboro to catch a citibike to port authority as part of morning exercise and avoiding the subway. now this will allow me to catch a citibike earlier and ride up the QBB (ed koch)

  • kevd

    For a mainstream op-ed, this is pretty impressive.
    Sprawl as a cause of economic and class division by Paul Krugman:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/29/opinion/krugman-stranded-by-sprawl.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

  • Anonymous

    I’m confused – wasn’t the plan all along for Citibike to serve LIC, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint by this fall?

  • Anonymous

    Queens Trib, my favorite headline of the year so far.

  • Guest

    The original plan for phase one had 10,000 bikes. That was scaled back multiple times, especially after Sandy, to about 4,300. Queens was always part of Phase II. This expansion is apparently still part of phase one. The time line has always been vague and shifting constantly.

  • Anonymous

    There’s also a good Editorial in today’s AMNY in support of BRT in NYC: http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/editorial-make-bus-rapid-transit-a-priority-1.5778124

  • Chris

    The CitiBike usage in my neighborhood (EVill) is starting to get so high as to make it less attractive to new subscribers (and renewals). They need more stations in the far east stretches. The WNYC graphs certainly make a case for that.

    I use this site (that I made) to very quickly show available bikes and docks at my most-used stations. The “meter” visualization used by some apps isn’t helpful to me since all I really care about is the raw number of available bikes/docks. Anything less than five probably isn’t worth my time (considering that the stats seem to be on a short delay and don’t always account for broken bikes). It’s also open-sourced on GitHub.

    http://bikeshare.me

  • carma

    ive said it all along. its not simply rebalancing that is an issue. yes we do have rebalancing problems, but its more of over demand.

    We need more bikes and more bike stations. and we need it now.

    ny’ers have quickly (too quickly) embraced bike share with more than open arms.

  • Reader

    “The location of these large stations is already having detrimental and potentially dangerous consequences, such as blocking . . . garbage collection, building entries and Access-A-Ride services,” wrote board Chairman David Gruber.

    We need to go back and catalogue all the wrong things people predicted about Citi Bike and see who was the wrong-est. Gruber would be up there, along with Sean Sweeney, and just about every person who writes for the Post.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why CitiBike can’t just continue to add a few stations a week and gradually expand the service area and quantity of bikes. It seems like they already have political/DOT approval. Is it just a money issue?
    They should be growing the service area in Brooklyn, Queens and the UWS, UES one station at a time. You could have a crew of a few guys and a truck who’s goal is to add 1-2 stations every day. They should also add infill stations in areas like the East Village and near transit hubs. You wouldn’t even need to stock bikes at the news stations, they would just fill up automatically once turned on. Just bring new bikes to Penn Station of the Port Authority in the morning and they would get distributed by users.

  • Anonymous

    The previous Times article cited by Krugman (reporting the study where he’s commenting on it) is also worth a read, though it’s behind the Times paywall.

  • kevd

    Just “open in a new incognito window” (in Chrome) to avoid the NYTimes paywall.

  • Ian Turner

    Yes, I think it’s mainly an issue of money. It’s also not clear to me that Alta has the organizational capacity to handle the current system, let alone expand it.

  • Greg

    This is extraordinarily useful – I’ve already added it to my iPhone home screen. Thank you so much!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. With only 4300 bikes and 24 hour usage now running 35,000+ on some days, it seems likely that there are times during peak periods when most of the bikes are in circulation. It’s understandable that there would be shortages. At the same time I’ve still had difficulty on some days finding an empty dock, especially in the evening at stations on the outside edge of the system footprint, along Atlantic Ave. or in the mornings in lower Manhattan near where I work.

  • Anonymous

    My guess based on repeated snapshots of the data file (although I haven’t done a truly systematic study yet) is that even during peak periods, not even 20% of the bikes are in circulation. The problem of course is that the other 80+% always seem to be in the “wrong” place. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    My favorite will always be the prediction that “nobody” would want to use the bikes.

  • Anonymous

    So is Alta or the DOT finally admitting that there aren’t 6,000 bikes in circulation, as they originally claimed? Or are we just assuming that based on the data we’ve seen?

  • Anonymous

    I think the “trick” is that they also count the bikes that they have in the workshop or in reserve.

  • Anonymous

    Usage at the 35,000 level averages to 486 for every 20 min. increment throughout the day. Assuming this to be the duration of the average check out period, that would be north of 11% even for the wee hours when actual usage is probably close to nil.

  • Anonymous

    You are right, it seems that my 20% estimate has become outdated in recent weeks, but we are still nowhere close to 50%. I’d say 25%, or 30% at most. Look at the graph for total “bikes in docks” in http://bikes.oobrien.com/newyork/. It’s hard to read the exact number, but it looks like the daily maximum last night was close to 4200, in the wee hours where we’ll assume a usage of practically zero. The minimum for this morning’s peak was about 3200. That would mean that approximately 1000/4200 = 24% were checked out this morning.

    I’ll take a look at the evening peak in a few hours to see if it’s deeper than this morning’s.

  • Anonymous

    It will be nice if it stretches up to Astoria. You would then connect an up and coming area of Western Queens with a well established, and extremely diverse area of queens.

  • carma

    when it comes to anti-citibike gibberish, i can only think of one person that trumps all

    Dorothy Rabinowitz WSJ editor

  • Anonymous

    Also, the weekly average trip duration is closer to 15 min than it is to 20 min, which brings the average usage down to “only” 8.7%, assuming 4200 bikes.

  • Greg

    There are apparently many more than 4,000 bikes deployed (and the data feed is inaccurate):

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Citibike/comments/1i3esv/i_work_for_citibike_ama/cb0snl6

  • Clarke

    About 20 station kiosks sit wrapped under the Williamsburg bridge, but not nearly enough docks to roll them out (only about 50 or so at most, from what I can see). Not sure if these are from the initial rollout or not (don’t seem to be stations pulled for construction as they have no signage installed).

  • Greg
  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    Figured I’d post here as there is no better place. The Washington Post has an ad that highlights bikeshare:

    moat.com/search/results?brand[0]=washington+post&ad=5371052

  • Anonymous

    I bet there are people who live in the West 13th St. co-op that absolutely love having a rack right in front of the building. I wish I had that in front of my place.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, that Queens Trib article seems to be a rehash of this Queens Gazette article from April 24: http://www.qgazette.com/news/2013-04-24/Features/Gianaris_Van_Bramer_Applaud_Citibike_Want_Expansio.html

    It even has the same quotes from Van Bramer. The only difference is that the new Trib article inaccurately says that Citibike will be in LIC in September, whereas the older Gazette article says “as soon as” September.

    Nobody else is reporting what the Trib is reporting, so I’d be skeptical.

  • Anonymous

    OK, now that the evening peak is over, I see that the number of bikes dipped below 3000. Let’s say it was 2900. That would mean 31% of bikes were checked out, assuming 4200 total. Of course, if what Greg reports about the feed being wildly inaccurate is correct, then who knows…