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The Sunday Train is now up at Voice on the Square:

Sunday Train: 2013 ~ the Year of American Bikeshare
New York City gave me Bikeshare for my birthday (June 2):
Citi Bike officially launched to annual members on Monday, May 27. As of 5 p.m., members had made more than 6,000 bike trips, and traveled over 13,000 miles – greater than half the Earth’s circumference! Visit Citi Bike’s blog for more stats, facts and tips.

Membership opens to daily and weekly users on June 2.

Well, it opened to people taking out an annual membership on May 27, but I don't live anywhere near New York, so if I get to use it, it will be as a "daily or weekly" user.
The complete Sunday Train is no longer posted at daily kos, but can also be found at The Stars Hollow Gazette and The

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  •  I Want To Ride It Where I Like! (10+ / 0-)

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    by BruceMcF on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 05:58:45 PM PDT

  •  I have positive and negatives. (5+ / 0-)

    First, it does work. You can go get a bike, go somewhere, drop it off and move on. They're pretty much everywhere, so you can go wherever you want to go.

    Second, the bikes are sturdy and fairly comfortable. I'm a big dude and they were okay even for me.

    Now the negatives.

    First, it costs a shitload. $10 for the day, and way way more for longer durations. And even if you just put the $10, it puts a $100 authorization on your card regardless.

    Second, if you dont bring it back in 30 mins, you get hit with a shitload of fees, which is annoying. They don't understand...they aren't competing with private vehicles. The vast majority of people in new york don't keep vehicles for daily use. They aren't competing with the subway, because its cheaper and faster. They are competing with walking. And walking is fucking free and gets you there more directly.

    Third, and finally, you look like a total turd riding around with a citibank logo on you.

    Most new yorkers have their own bikes. What they should have put, instead of this, is a bunch more secure bike parks. Because that's what new yorkers are really lacking...places to park their bikes.

    •  Citibank: nothing paint stripper can't handle... (2+ / 0-)
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      I like the look of the bikes, nice and sturdy. Take off some of the extra plastic crap, the 'Citi' involved shinola, and it could be a decent flatland machine.

      But you're right, it's the whole 'look at me, I'm a tool' slant that irks me, and I'm nowhere near NYC. Bike racks would be much cheaper, less prone to malfunctions, you name it.

      How long you think before some of these bikes are 're-purposed' as People's Bikes?

      And yeah, I know tarantulas don't really act like that at all, so no snarking, this is the internet damnit!

      by itzadryheat on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 07:02:15 PM PDT

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    •  OK ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... $10 for a day.

      Its not supposed,/i> to be competing against the train, the subway, the bus, or walking. As the diary says, its complementing the subway, the bus, or walking.

      The price has got to And it got to be what it costs, minus advertising.

      As far as the 30 minute limit ... the name of this mode of transport is "Bike Share", not "Hog the Bike All Day". That is something that goes with this mode of transport, that you cannot hold the bike for an extended period, its for a trip from one BikeShare station to another one.

      As far as Citi Bank advertising ... get a shirt advertising your favorite credit union and wear that while riding a Citi Bike. I don't see anything wrong with NYC getting something back from the banksters.

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 11:17:03 AM PDT

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