Late in his final term, Bloomberg finds much support for new plans
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's time in City Hall is winding down, but his final moves in office are grabbing big public support, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday.
Half of the city's voters support the newly launched Citi Bike share program, the poll said. More than half, 52%, of voters would support a plan to make it mandatory to recycle food waste and scraps, the poll said. And most impressively for the mayor, 74% of voters support his $19 billion proposal to set up protections for the city against future flooding and wind damage.
"Mayor Michael Bloom-berg has been furiously generating ideas and this new bunch are winners," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The biggest idea, the $19 billion flood control program, is the biggest hit with voters"
Fifty-one percent of voters approved of Bloomberg's overall performance as mayor. The poll comes as the DOT released new Citi Bike stats, saying that nearly 530,000 trips on the rental bikes have been taken since the program launched in late May, amounting to more than 1.28 million miles traveled, according to DOT stats.
More than 113,000 combined annual, weekly and daily subscriptions have been purchased, and each bike has seen an average of 88 rides so far.