Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Citi Bike hotter than Bieber

The NYC bike share saga has been interesting and is still unfolding. No doubt there are myriad individuals and groups working to undermine it and exerting pressure in various ways. Sure ‘bike sharing’ sounds swell to you and me, but how does it sound to the Transit Authority? The taxi companies and drivers? The tour bus operators? The rich, elderly, politically-connected pedestrians who hate bicyclists with a passion? And when it’s all said and done Citibank, of all zombie institutions, holds the keys. So …

Don’t count your NY bike share chickens before they hatch.

In a sign of excitement about the city’s new bike share program, which is set to launch next month, Citi Bike sold out of its first 5,000 memberships in less than 30 hours.

via Citi Bike sells out 'founding' keys in 30 hours | Crain's New York Business.



NYC Bike Sharing system supposedly starting next month

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.

via Sadik-Khan: NYC Bike Sharing System Set To Launch Next Month « CBS New York.

“Most of them will at first be in Manhattan.” — a sentence published by a major news organization.



Availability of gasoline in New York City metropolitan area

via EIA: http://www.eia.gov/special/disruptions/hurricane/sandy/gasoline_updates.cfm



the Surge

at Battery Park.

via http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-29/new-york-city-peak-threat-hours-7-10-pm-when-sandy-may-partially-flood-subway-system



Felix Salmon on Bike ‘Share’

He noticed, it’s kind of expensive.

The first trip you take, on one of the new New York bikes, will cost you at least $10, and possibly as much as $95. Cab rides don’t cost much more than that, and you can fit four people in a cab. Experienced urban cyclists like me will definitely cough up the $95, even if that hurts a little, because we know how convenient it can be to be able to take one-way bike trips in Manhattan, especially if it’s going to rain later, or if you don’t like biking back in the dark, or if you got in to work on the subway but then just need to go a mile or so to your lunch meeting.

But the great promise of the bikeshare scheme is that it will get people onto bikes who have never biked before — people who are generally very nervous about biking at all on busy urban streets. Those people are going to want to try before they buy, and the $10 cost of a trial one-day membership is high enough to give them a good excuse not to bother.

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/



NYC Bike Map
April 12, 2012, 05:02
Filed under: maps | Tags: , , , , , ,

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2012_nyc-cycling-map.pdf



Interactive energy map of New York City

Block-by-block, very cool. Some areas are grayed out due to lack of information.

http://modi.mech.columbia.edu/nycenergy/




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