Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike share, Bixi, cycling, Montreal, transportation, urban cycling
Somebody tell me what to think about this.
Bixi owes the city $31.6 million on a $37-million city loan. Montreal also guaranteed a line of credit on which Bixi owes $6.4 million.That means Montreal taxpayers could be stuck with a $38-million bill, though the city hopes a sale of the international part of the business will cut that amount.Bixi also owes its suppliers $9 million.In total, then, Bixis total debt is at least $47 million.Bixi is also embroiled in multimillion-dollar lawsuits with a former software supplier.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle helmet laws, bike share, Bike sharing, helmet, helmet compulsion, mandatory helmet laws, Melbourne
They want to privatize and expand.
Patronage has grown every year since the scheme was launched in 2010. It had its best-ever month in January, when 18,809 rentals were recorded. Last month there were 12,781 rentals, an average of 421 rides a day. More than 1000 courtesy helmets were added last month to boost patronage.
(Helmets are required for adults in Melbourne.)
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alta Planning, bike share, Citi Bike, Citibank, Citibike, NYC, Shiti, Shitibank
May not amount to much.
One possible interpretation of this story:
A system that is already proving to be ‘safe’ despite a barrage of pre-launch propaganda needed more bad press.
The security breach was discovered and corrected “at the end of May” and affected 1,174 customers who signed up for $95 annual memberships to the program, said Seth Solomonow, a spokesman for the city Department of Transportation, which launched Citi Bike and controls all of the system’s communications to the public.
He did not explain the delay between the identification of the security flaw and notification of affected users.
According to NYC Bike Share LLC, a local subsidiary of system operator Alta Bicycle Share, an “error log” containing personal data on Citi Bike account holders was “briefly accessible” on the system’s website on April 15. The error was corrected as soon as it was discovered, NYC Bike Share President Michael Jones said in the letter.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle, bike, bike share, biking, cycling infrastructure, Friedersdorf, NYC, Rabinowitz, urban cycling, WSJ
That’s right, Friedersdorf.
There is no one in America who objects more consistently than me to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiatives: This is a man who favors stop-and-frisk, racially profiling and spying on innocent Muslims, restricting the size of soda New Yorkers can buy, salt limits, a trans-fat ban, and a pervasive surveillance state. Left up to me, no one like Bloomberg would ever exercise political power. My disdain for his paternalism and disregard for civil liberties is what inclines me to defend his bike initiative. It is the least “totalitarian” major initiative that Bloomberg has undertaken, yet is denounced with some of the strongest language. If the critics were merely expressing their personal displeasure at the prospect of cities better suited to bike travel (or doubts about the efficacy of a particular policy aimed at making cities more bike friendly) that would be fine. Instead they co-opt the language of freedom and oppression, as if orienting cities toward automobiles is natural and libertarian, while bike shares and bike lanes are harbingers of tyranny.
That is vapid, paranoid, philosophically incoherent nonsense. By frivolously trafficking in it, I fear that Rabinowitz and friends will diminish all warnings about liberty and government overreach. Even the boy who cried wolf was invoking the specter of an actually frightening creature.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle, bicycling, bike rental, bike share, Citi, Citi Bike, Citibank, Citibike, end of the world, helmet, helmets, New York, New Yorker Magazine, NYC, slow rollout, stationary bicycle, transportation, urban cycling
Painfully slow rollout of NYC’s Citibike rental scheme is here, maybe. Lock up your daughters!
Interesting the artist put a helmet on the outside rider. Wonder if he/she was told to do that.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bici, bicycle rental, bicycle shring, bike share, Bike sharing, Manhattan, New York, New York City, NYC, Sadik
Maybe. Previous launch was delayed for rather mysterious reasons. Keep an eye on it.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the first 293 docking stations have begun to appear. Most of them will at first be in Manhattan.
The DOT hopes to eventually expand the program to include 600 stations and 10,000 bikes.
“Most of them will at first be in Manhattan.” — a sentence published by a major news organization.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike rental, bike share, Citi, Citibike, New York, NYC DOT, public bikes, Sadik-Khan
Pushed back to 2013… Interesting.
“New York City demands a world-class bike share system, and we need to ensure that Citi Bike launches as flawlessly as New Yorkers expect on Day One,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. “The enthusiasm for this program continues to grow and we look forward to bringing this affordable new transportation option to New Yorkers without cost to taxpayers.”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: B-Cycle, Bank of America stadium, bicycle-sharing program, bike share, Charlotte, Democratic National Convention, DNC, surveillance
Use ‘bike share’ to get to Bank of America Stadium to hear those big speeches!
I think the purpose of these bike-share programs in Dems’ convention cities is to divert attention from the sudden proliferation of high-tech surveillance.
Just in time for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next month, the city has started offering a bicycle-sharing program that it says is the largest in the Southeast. Charlotte B-cycle, part of the Wisconsin-based B-cycle national network, comprises 200 commuter-style bicycles at 20 stations uptown (Charlotte’s downtown) and nearby. Most of the stops are near bus, shuttle and light-rail stops.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bici, bicycling, bicycling in the city, bike rental, bike share, Bike sharing, bikes, biking, Chris Holben, Citibike, city biking, District of Columbia, NYC, transportation, urban cycling, Washington, Washington D.C.
Whereas, if you look at the actual facts presented in this USA Today article, the bike share program in question is incredibly safe.
Washington’s Capital Bikeshare program began in September 2010, has grown to include more than 1,500 bicycles and recently recorded its 2 millionth ride. At the same time, bicycle-related accidents have increased on city D.C. roads.
Bicycle-related accidents have increased from 312 in 2009 to 601 in 2011, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Pedestrian-related accidents also rose from 657 in 2009 to 935 in 2011.
Chris Holben , a bicycle program specialist for the District Department of Transportation, says Washington has actually become safer since the number of people riding their bikes has increased. He said only 24 Bikeshare crashes have been reported to police since the program stated.
So that’s roughly 1 reported crash per 100,000 trips! And even those are likely to be minor crashes. Oooh, danger. Hope they’re all wearing their helmets…
Now check out the headline: