bike share press conference this monday @11am, bksq

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byogman
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Also, April 3rd at Point Park University in the Lawrence Ballroom from noon to 2… that’s the one I can make.


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paulheckbert
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There’s an article in the NY Times about some negative reaction to the appearance of bike share racks across New York City in recent days. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/nyregion/complaints-rise-as-bike-share-program-nears.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=all

See the video there. Quotes: “The critics say the kiosks are a blight. They clash with the character of residential areas”. It sounds like a lot of people whining about change, to me.

“The city’s Transportation Department said it had been warned of possible problems ahead by aides of Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, where a bike share program began in 2010. ‘They said you’ll be hated for six months, and then you’ll be loved.’ ”

“The bike share program, which is to begin Memorial Day, will initially include roughly 330 stations and 6,000 bikes.”

NYC’s bikeshare program sounds AWESOME to me!


byogman
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I don’t think it’s possible to improve on the closing quote, by a wise septuagenarian:

The stations would be a change, he said, but who would want to live in a New York that refused to try something new?

“There’s not much you can do about that type, my friend,” he said, leaning toward the kiosk. “Some people can’t see. Some people just don’t want to see.”


paulheckbert
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A few reader comments from that NY Times article about NYC’s bikeshare program. Perhaps a stepped up cyclist education program is called for here in Pgh?

A Yank in the UK London
I love bikes and in theory am supportive of the reduced emissions and increased health benefits they bring in city environments. But, as a pedestrian who has lived in London since well before Boris’s bikes showed up, I can only hope and advise that New York doesn’t make the same mistake made here. London bike sharing started with a lot of excitement and hard sell, but neglected to put into place a bike safety education program until long after the bikes appeared. Life for pedestrians is therefore much more dangerous, with cyclists on the sidewalk, going through red lights, and the wrong way on one way streets. Sure, the majority of cyclists are fine, but even a small percentage of bad cyclists is an exponential increase in risk once a bike share program rolls in. If you’re on foot, keep your eyes open!
May 14, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.

Orange DC
Bikeshare here in DC has changed my life. I ride all over and never take my own bike out of the apartment. Loosen up, NYC! Bikeshare is great!
May 14, 2013 at 4:55 p.m.

Paul S. Heckbert Pittsburgh, PA
Imagine a New York City without noisy, smelly, space-hogging cars and trucks! Bike share is a small step in the direction of fewer cars. Just think of the joy of pedaling a bike share bike from your office to have lunch in the park.
New York City bike share sounds AWESOME and we in Pittsburgh are envious of the 330 stations and 6,000 bikes that are planned for NYC’s rollout. We’re launching our own bikeshare soon but it won’t be as big as NYC’s, unfortunately.
I think New York City had mice before bikeshare arrived.
May 14, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.


StuInMcCandless
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@paul – Aside from the comment about mice, which I don’t understand, it’s a great post.


paulheckbert
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My comment about mice was a response to this, from the NY Times article: “At a recent community meeting on bike share in the West Village, Jane Browne, 42, who initially supported the program, said she had recently seen mice scurrying in the “corridors of trash and water” that formed between a nearby bike station and the curb.”

The horror!


edmonds59
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I don’t understand it either, but I’m laughing my head off. At work.

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