Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bike Shares

Ted blogged a while back about bike shares in Brooklyn.  There's a opening brief, several opposition briefs and a reply in the NYT Sunday Review today titled "Cycling in the City"; the thrust is that one writer thinks the emphasis on cycling is creating an unholy mess and most of the others think he is a dinosaur from the diesel age.

I've been surprised at the unmitigated success of the bike share racks here in DC.  The bike lanes through mid-town are a little harder to gauge -- it sure is confusing when driving, but I never drive downtown, so perhaps it just takes practice.

But for a city like DC, which is prevented from taking revenue from out-of-district commuters, heavily emphasizing bikes is sensible economic policy.  NYC's story is more cloudy.

3 comments:

  1. As a year-round bike (and other strange human-powered vehicle) commuter, I can attest that downtown DC is a zoo of bikeshare bikes. Intellectually, I think this can only be a good thing. Having said that, I'll admit that on the many occasions when I find myself stuck behind some bikeshare goofball riding 7 miles an hour down the trail in his suit and Vibram Five-Fingers and weaving all over the place, a large part of me wants to tell them all to get the heck off of my lawn.

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  2. So far the Chicago experience seems positive with most of the rentals on or near the Lakefront so not much change to regular commuting for either bikers or drivers.

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  3. I still haven't ponied up my $100 for unlimited access. I will report as soon as I've tried them out.

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