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Monday’s Headlines: Globetrotting Citi Bike Edition

12:05 AM EDT on July 31, 2023

Oh, you managed to get a Citi Bike to California? Or up from the bottom of the ocean? Wake us up when you haul one of those hulking blue beauties to South America.

Two photos of what appears to be a classic Citi Bike in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, made the rounds on social media this weekend, prompting many to ask the same question: how?

We've reached out to Lyft to see if this is the furthest one of their bicycles has ever been from home, and will update if they respond. One thing seems clear: Citi Bike is a global brand now, and someone must step up and save it!

Here are some more stories of note:

  • Congestion pricing has Staten Islanders using the s-word again. "I think it's time to secede," Rep. Nicole Malliotakis told the Post. "There’s no real value in being part of this city or the state. We didn’t vote for this mayor; we didn’t vote for this governor; and we didn’t vote for this president, but we’re always the ones getting screwed." Wait....don't stop........please.....don't go....
  • Last week, MTA police nabbed another 23 vehicles who were responsible for nearly $700,000 in unpaid tolls and fines, including one car that owed $47,244. So far in 2023, the agency has caught 1,949 scofflaws, an 82% increase over 2022. We asked the MTA if any government employees were among those caught in this most recent sting, and if they could provide a list of the scofflaw's license plates, and they declined, citing "privacy reasons." We'll follow up with an official records request.
  • Drivers killed several young people riding e-bikes in California, and the New York Times blames the e-bikes.
  • A major NYC landlord, Rockrose, has apparently banned all micromobility vehicles that use lithium-ion batteries from its buildings.
  • The first court hearing on the delivery apps' lawsuit to block the city's minimum wage law from taking effect (and thus giving deliveristas desperately-needed raises) will happen on Thursday.
  • Metro buses in Washington, D.C. will have all-door boarding this fall. Meanwhile, the MTA can't even get a measly little all-door boarding pilot off the ground.

And finally: why did the NYPD's Transportation Bureau find it necessary to tag us in this tweet?

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