16 May '13, 4pm

Overinflated: Why the NYC Bike Share Backlash Is a Good Thing

Overinflated: Why the NYC Bike Share Backlash Is a Good Thing

No revolution is deserving of the label if it doesn't provoke resistance from a threatened establishment. That’s why the backlash against Citi Bike -- the new bike-sharing program scheduled to put 6,000 bikes and 330 stations on New York City’s streets by the end of the month -- is a positive development. Let us first qualify. As far as backlashes go, the anti-Citi Bike outcry is fairly tame stuff: a smattering of lawsuits, some very typical New York City-style kvetching over details and logistics, the expected histrionics from reporters whose expertise on matters transit-related may extend no further than possessing a driver’s license. The specifics of said outcry have been adequately dissected elsewhere (here and here are two good places to start), so I won’t linger on the rather parochial nature of most of the complaints that have been lodged so far. But here’s the reas...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/overinflated-why-the-nyc-bike...

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