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    Bikeshare NYC Starting

    Only $95 for unlimited 45 minute rides for a year on a heavy but sturdy bike. Pretty inexpensive alternative (compared to the subway or even moderate bike maintenance/repair costs) if the docking station locations work for you.

    Citi Bike Share Review: The Inside Scoop, Revealed By a Test Driver

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    A report from a new Citibike rider.

    Why Emily Rides | Streetsblog New York City

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    ^^Hilarious!

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    NYC Citibikers have already pedaled to the moon. And back. And back to the moon again!
    Citi Bike bicycle share program in NYC, the nation’s largest, a success 3 weeks in - NY Daily News

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    Just the other day, probably third day the Citibikes were in business, I was walking up 8th ave to work. I stepped my right foot off the curb and I heard this whiney ass voice saying "Behind you". I look and there's this guy in dress clothes and dress shoes on a Citibike looking scared to death making his way uptown. I almost started jogging to watch the inevitable accident.
    He looked completely out of his element, which made me realize this is a pretty bad idea.
    I take the train into Penn station every morning and then walk or take the subway, depending on the weather to Columbus Circle. So far, the only docking station I see is on 8th ave halfway to my job, and no place near my job to return a bike.
    Thanks, Bloomburg. I'll keep walking or shelling out 2.50 for the crappy subway.
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    The articles and letters are not that great, but I loved the cartoon of a citibike ravaging the city ...
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/op...nEEaSZHpaV0nKg

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/op...temail0=y&_r=0

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    No Riders Killed in First 5 Months of NYC Bikeshare

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/ny...temail0=y&_r=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    No Riders Killed in First 5 Months of NYC Bikeshare

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/ny...temail0=y&_r=0
    Unbelievable.
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    This quote reminds me of my errand bike (it weighs about the same):

    “The Citi Bikes come in only three speeds,” he said. “Slow, very slow and ultraslow.”

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    Snow, Ice and Wind No Issue for Citi Bike’s Die-Hards


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    I'm too lazy to start a new thread, and this is directly related to the NYC bikeshare so:

    Bixi files for bankruptcy protection | CTV Montreal News

    Bixi's financial woes have proven to be too much for the Public Bike System Company.

    Facing $47 million of debt after five years on the road, the company has filed for bankruptcy protection and asked the city of Montreal to take over the service...

    Coderre said the Public Bike System Co., the company that runs Bixi, still owes the city of Montreal $31.6 million, and that Montreal is covering approximately $11 million in loans for the company.
    The company said it is owed $5.6 million from various clients, affecting its cash flow...

    New York and Chicago are withholding payments totalling $5.6 million because of delays and glitches with Bixi software that's affecting their bike-sharing programs.

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    I find it interesting that they were counting on heavy tourist use as revenue stream. It is actually not very well set up for that.

    For starters, the 30 min limit, which makes sense for the daily users, is a bit of a killjoy for someone just wanting to tool around the city and take it in.

    And the limited service area is also a drag for a tourist. I have been to the city a few times since the program started, and I wanted to use it, but I kept running into situations where I was either starting or ending outside the service area.

    To bad, because one of my greatest joys on a bike is riding around NYC. It would be great if I did not have to schlepp my own bike in there to do it. I love the idea or riding somewhere, and then not having to worry about the bike getting stolen.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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