2013-05-16. Overinflated: Why the NYC Bike Share Backlash Is a Good Thing.

posted Jun 3, 2013, 10:50 PM by Alan Gould
For GSS Energy Use chapter 9. Excerpt: ...the backlash against Citi Bike -- the new bike-sharing program scheduled to put 6,000 bikes and 330 stations on New York City’s streets by the end of the month -- is a positive development. ...most of the energy behind it has been provided by residents of apartment buildings or business owners who are taking issue with the siting of particular bike share stations. What’s striking about that fact is that it means, essentially, that these people have already accepted the idea of a bike-sharing program in New York as a fait accompli -- and that they are now merely subjecting that program to the same gauntlet of travails that would accompany the introduction of any other new transit system.  ...Dropping a huge bike-share program into the middle of New York City is unquestionably a dramatic step; ...The debate over London’s Barclays Cycle Hire program, ...the resounding success of Barclays Cycle Hire [London] to date effectively refutes all the objections these doubters raised prior to its launch in 2010. ...49 percent of Barclays’ users say they actually started cycling in London because of the system. ...bike-sharing is inherently unsafe? ...there have been more than 20 million ... uses... without a single fatal crash.... http://www.onearth.org/blog/overinflated-why-the-nyc-bike-share-backlash-is-a-good-thing. Tom Vanderbilt, OnEarth Magazine.