NYC Bike-Share Subscribers Vastly Outnumber Weiner Voters

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Here are a few fun facts about turnout in yesterday’s NYC primaries, framed in relation to the number of annual NYC bike-share members.

As of primary day, there were 79,532 annual Citi Bike members. That’s equivalent to…

  • about 30 percent of the votes amassed by the leading Democratic candidate, Bill de Blasio
  • about 40 percent more than the total number of votes cast in the Republican mayoral primary
  • two and half times the number of votes cast for Anthony “ribbon cuttings” Weiner

Clearly, the all-powerful bike lobby is just getting started.

  • J

    I’m pretty sure Weiner lost cause of the pix he kept taking of his.. uh.. well of himself. That said, the liveable streets movement has done a good job this year of getting good candidates on a lot of issues to take up a liveable streets platform. It’s easy to be against a specific project in a local community meeting, but it’s rather difficult to run a election campaign based on preserving the status quo or even removing popular infrastructure. The liveable streets movement gives candidates something real and positive to run on: a vision for the future to inspire people to vote for them.

    For advocates like us, this is a major issue, but for most, it’s a relatively minor issue. Weiner probably only lost votes when he joked about ripping up bike lanes, cause most people who don’t care for bike lanes don’t vote based on that opinion. Meanwhile, de Blasio likely gained a sizeable number of votes when he scored the StreetsPAC endorsement, since liveable streets advocates will vote for a progressive transportation candidate. I’m not sure it’s what won him the election, but it could certainly tip the scales in a tight race. It also gives him a mandate to then pursue the plank he ran on. I see this resulting in candidates fighting to be more progressive on this issue, as it can give them a boost with relatively little downside in an election. I think we saw that over the course of this race, with almost all candidates tacking to a more progressive position over time.

  • Mark Walker

    The darker side of my mind can’t help wondering what it would be like to watch Anthony Weiner pretending to be mayor. Would we have lucked into a good deputy mayor? Would Huma have been an able power behind the throne? Or would the city simply roll over and die of embarrassment? Alas, we shall never know. But at least we won’t have to watch Weiner pleasuring himself in front of the TV cameras for the next four years.

  • Dennis Hindman

    According to the Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey results 2% of the workers in NYC aged 16 or older is less than 74,000 people.

  • But Weiner still got more votes than Lhota.

  • Anonymous

    And Spitzer got more votes than De Blasio!

  • carma

    anyone care to wager a bet on when we will have more miles traveled on citibike than residents of NYC?

  • carma

    Mayor Carlos Danger.

  • Snark Patrol

    C’mon Ben, is that necessary? First SB leaves off mention of the Republican primary when encouraging readers to vote on Tuesday, and now further bashing Weiner rather than just let him go away? If you’re goal is to be the left-leaning transportation version of the Post, then keep going – you’re doing a bang of job. I think your readers would prefer you just stick to critical analysis of projects and policies regarding our streets and turn down the snark.

  • Anonymous

    I do enjoy humorous posts on occasion, including this one.

    And I have read plenty of information about the republican primary candidates, at least for Mayor, on Streetsblog. I think the emphasis on the Democrats is deserved given their high likelihood of winning the general election.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately Republican candidates are not worth mentioning in this city in regards to active and safe transportation, even though one of them was the head of the MTA in recent memory.

  • Anonymous

    Generally, you’d expect that the candidate to be the first woman Mayor of NYC, and/or the first gay/lesbian Mayor, or even the second black Mayor would be enuff to claim the left or progressive bloc. But promising to reappoint Ray Kelly as top cop queered the deal for Quinn. And Thompson was so determined NOT to be an “angry black man” that he didn’t seem to want to change anything much at all.

    Early in the campaign it seemed de Blasio wanted to position himself as the ethnic guy from the outer boros who drives a car.

    After Weiner self-destructed, and John Liu did something similar, de Blasio was able to move and take the left or liberal positioning without hardly trying. And without even giving us what we wanted to hear about safe streets and other transport issues.

    Now as Mayor, Bill de Blasio has a chance to occupy some of that giant vacuum on the left-liberal-progressive side of the national debate. The issues in that vast empty space include complete streets, global warning and climate change, and the like.

    If de Blasio wants a national role on urban issues, he’ll need to keep to the left. That imperative gives him every reason to move in our direction, because pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, people who gather in public plazas, who use parks, support public schools, and so forth are on what passes for the left these days.

  • idiom patrol

    it’s “bang-up job”, genius.

    Also, thumbs up for this post. considering the likely audience, it is spot on.


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