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Transit Sam on Citi Bikes, week of June 6, 2013 | amNewYork

Transit Sam on Citi Bikes, week of June 6, 2013

Citi Bike riders on the first day, May 27. Downtown Express file photo by Jefferson Siegel Citi Bike riders on the first day, May 27.
Citi Bike riders on the first day, May 27. Downtown Express file photo by Jefferson Siegel
Citi Bike riders on the first day, May 27.

Dates: Thursday, June 6 – Tuesday, June 11

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING IS IN EFFECT ALL WEEK

 Here’s Transit Sam’s review of New York City’s new bike share program after 8 rides throughout Downtown:

1-      These are good-looking bikes that ride and handle great.

2-      Stations are ubiquitous in Lower Manhattan meaning many taxi and subway trips I take now could be done by bike share.

3-      I lost one of my regular parking spaces on MacDougal St. but this is worth it.  I love having a station around the corner and another a block from my office in NOHO.

4-      First-time use can be confusing if you head to the kiosk instead of the bike.  The kiosk should state “if you already have a key go to any bike, place the key in the slot, wait for the green light and lift and pull from the seat.”

5-      The bike horn is hidden below the left handlebar.  I only found it when another rider saw me at a signal looking around and came to my aid.  A word message on the handlebar pointing to the horn would help.  The horns are barely audible in traffic; on one bike I tried I could barely hear it even when the background was quiet.

6-      Be careful upon return.  You need to shove the bike in and wait to hear a whirr sound and hopefully see a green light.  I didn’t always get that and found if I yanked hard I could get my returned bike out so I keep shoving hard till I couldn’t get it out anymore.

7-      I’ve had a few problems getting bikes out; sometimes the FOB works, sometimes it doesn’t.

8-      I’ve noticed a few docking stations taped; I am worried about the durability of this system.  Time will tell.

9-      Every bike share user I observed rode with traffic and stopped at red lights.  Hopefully, this behavior will rub off on other cyclists (by the way, they are getting better).

10-  By next year we won’t remember life without Citi Bike.

In short, Citi Bike will change Lower Manhattan for the better.  We now have a new form of transportation that fits beautifully with our narrow streets and dense land use.  I applaud Mayor Bloomberg and D.O.T. Commissioner Sadik-Khan for paving the way (so to speak).

The Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Block Party will fully close Eldridge St. between Canal and Division Sts. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

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