Bikeshare: Threat or menace?

By Felix Salmon
June 1, 2013

Presented without comment, a few quotes from the WSJ’s “Death by Bicycle” video:

  1. “Do not ask me to enter the mind of the totalitarians running this government.”
  2. “We now look at a city whose best neighborhoods are absolutely begrimed by these blazing blue Citibank bikes.”
  3. “It’s not just shocking; it’s also a fire hazard in some cases, because the fire trucks can’t get into subway stations.”
  4. “Before this, every citizen knew, who was in any way sentient, that the most important danger in the city is not the yellow cabs. It is the bicyclists.”
  5. “Tourists are going to get onto these bikes as well!”
  6. “The bike lobby is an all-powerful enterprise.”

(h/t: Josh)

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…and there is no truth to the rumor that if you use a Citibike, it may lead to an accidental foreclosure on your home or the sudden closure of your credit card account…

Posted by GRRR | Report as abusive

One more reason I’m really glad I don’t live even close to New York City.

Posted by Twinkbait | Report as abusive

i don’t like the bikes, or Bloomberg, but i’ve rarely heard anything as ridiculous as these arguments against them — especially the vehemence and in the apparent seriousness with which they are expressed. And if you tune in to the video, you will see that the quotations were not at all taken out of context.

I would point out to both Bloomberg and the editorial department of the WSJ that we’ve got a helluva lot more important things to worry about than bicycles.

@GRRR Your concern is misplaced. If you really insist upon worrying about the bikes, worry that *not* riding at Citibike might lead to a *deliberate* foreclosure on your home or :-)

Posted by samadamsthedog | Report as abusive

This is an Onion News Network video, right?

Posted by GabeJ | Report as abusive

I think those women need to drink some 32 oz sodas.

Listening to them whine almost makes me want to contribute to whatever campaign Bloomberg runs next.

They won’t have him to complain about for much longer, maybe they’ll get lucky and get a Weiner.

Posted by KenG_CA | Report as abusive

No Bikes! Because… China!

Posted by dieswaytoofast | Report as abusive

The video doesn’t play for me, but I guess that’s okay. There’s probably nothing in it I haven’t heard a thousand times before. But I would like to mention that here in Boston, the Hubway system is entering its second full year of operation and it’s been very successful. Ridership has exceeded expectations and the number of stations and bikes continues to expand. None of the doomy anti-bike predictions have come to pass.

Posted by Moopheus | Report as abusive

@samadamsthedog
…and the bailout of Citi was all just a malicious rumor…

Posted by GRRR | Report as abusive

Yeah, we’ll, these things come from Montreal, where we have socialized health care. And tyranny. And to boot it’s all in French. No wonder the good folks at the WSJ are in a tizzy.

Posted by f.fursty | Report as abusive

The democratically elected government of NYC is doing things on public sidewalks! OMG!

You know what else impedes fire trucks? Traffic from private automobiles. We should never have let them use the roads either. And you know what else is aesthetically unpleasing? Ugly people. They should be forced to stay indoors.

It must be wonderful to live in a world where you don’t have any real problems so that a blue bike program is worth complaining about. I’m usually sympathetic to anti-nanny state prohibition/mandates, but this is simply “I don’t like the mayor so I’m going to whine about anything he does.”

Posted by nnja | Report as abusive

Amsterdam…
Completely filled with bikes, creates a lovely atmosphere.

Just sayin’

Posted by theAntagonist | Report as abusive

Favorite objection so far: someone at Gawker grousing that one set of the racks is near a bike shop that makes a good deal of its money from renting bikes to people.

Any bike shop that cannot beat the prices ($9.95 plus tax for Not More than 30 minutes at a time, at which point it’s $27 for the first hour and $24 each additional hour) and conditions (bikes that are designed for commuting, and therefore horrid for recreational riding or riding by any non-adult) of Citibike for recreational rentals shouldn’t be in the business of renting bikes for recreational use.

Posted by klhoughton | Report as abusive

Favorite objection so far: someone at Gawker grousing that one set of the racks is near a bike shop that makes a good deal of its money from renting bikes to people.

Any bike shop that cannot beat the prices ($9.95 plus tax for Not More than 30 minutes at a time, at which point it’s $27 for the first hour and $24 each additional hour) and conditions (bikes that are designed for commuting, and therefore horrid for recreational riding or riding by any non-adult) of Citibike for recreational rentals shouldn’t be in the business of renting bikes for recreational use.

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