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A New Citi Bike Savior: Donald Trump?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Donald Trump won't enter the race after all. (Getty)

The WNYC transportation team has seen early copies of a report on how the financially troubled Citi Bike program could be rescued by real estate mogul Donald Trump. Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives discusses the initial proposal for "Trump Wheels" and what it means for bikers all over New York City.

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Comments [78]

Stoney from Flatbush from Brooklyn

Bravo Zulu, Brian Lehrer Show.

Apr. 02 2014 06:42 AM
Hope

Take a stroll through Central Park with a young child in the summer and take a turn on the Trump Carousel. Return in winter for a spin on the ice of Trump Rink. Need a refreshment? There is Trump Water with the photo of this City's most boorish "benefactor" - making it truly hard to swallow. Some of the details of this story were outlandishly over-the-top but isn't that Mr. Trump's calling card? Only wish it were impossible for this story to have been true.

Apr. 01 2014 10:25 PM
Bonnie from Chelsea

That was the BEST April fool's joke I fell for!!! I kept trying to imagine the gold bikes, and it would be just the kind of thing I felt Trump would go for.....Yea!!!

Apr. 01 2014 09:50 PM
Don't the listeners have brains?

I heard that Trump is working on an all out partnership with Citibank, he wan't to call the bike sharing system "Trump City". ;)

Apr. 01 2014 09:40 PM
salman from maspeth, ny

this story made my day.

Apr. 01 2014 09:00 PM
salman from maspeth, ny

this story made my day.

Apr. 01 2014 08:43 PM

(OMG these callers -- please post any you guys RAOFL'ing)

Apr. 01 2014 05:29 PM

Well done!

(& Gold colored Trump bikes are actually a good idea!)

Apr. 01 2014 05:20 PM
Bruce Egert from Hackensack NJ

Happy April Fools Day; did anyone who called in 'get it' or was I one of the few. Giveaway--that Citibank was going to issue a personal seat license for a bicycle (like the one I have for my NY Jets tickets !!)

Apr. 01 2014 05:07 PM
Craig from Brooklyn

I have my issues with the Anything But Cars (aka Transportation Alternatives) organization, but I have to give them credit for a pretty decent April Fools joke. Amazing how ridiculous Brian was able to get and still have people think it was serious.

Apr. 01 2014 03:40 PM
Joe

My thoughts as I was listening - in the words of one Bob Cratchet: "What on earth would make Mr. Trump come to his senses"

Apr. 01 2014 12:52 PM
Giovanni from Manhattan

The good news is that all of New York will now have access to a TrumpyBike.

The bad news Is that if you voted for Obama, Donald Trump won't rent one to you.

Apr. 01 2014 12:27 PM

Fooled me. Wouldn't surprise me in the least, but perhaps I'm just that gullible.

Apr. 01 2014 12:25 PM
Milos from Brooklyn, NY

Please tell us that the Chris Christie Self-Exoneration Investigation was a warm-up to April Fools' Day and I'll be all set.

Apr. 01 2014 12:22 PM
SB from NJ

As a sign of bipartisan bonhomie Obama has proposed he and John Boehner
should ride the first one together! Touched and teary eyed John Boehner has excepted!

Apr. 01 2014 12:20 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Well, I'm just outraged. I'm going to have to start a whole new movement against this! So join PAOOAFJ--People Against Overly Obvious April Fool's Jokes! (I'm going to have to find a better acronym, though.)

Apr. 01 2014 12:04 PM
Lisa Schiffren from Riverdale NY

At first I thought you were mocking conservatives, Brian. Then I realized that you were playing on gullibility of liberals about the evil 1%. Funny-ish.

Apr. 01 2014 12:04 PM
Sally from UWS

I will be having nightmares about a city swarming with gold-plated "Trump bikes" tonight!

Apr. 01 2014 12:02 PM
Jane Leff from Ridgefield, CT

Trump 2016 on the NYC bikes? SURELY this is an April Fools joke?
I fell for the Taco Bell/Liberty on years ago. Not this time!

Apr. 01 2014 12:02 PM
herb from westchester

fun ... though for 5 seconds i thought, "just great, something else i have to boycott."

Apr. 01 2014 12:00 PM
Melanie from Jersey City, NJ

You are wonderful! and lot's of fun as well as seriousI am still laughing about the April Fool's from last year that wnyc played - the new Pope was supporting birth control for poor women! I fell for that one but have been more savy since! Thanks for the laugh!!

Apr. 01 2014 12:00 PM
Bored from Brooklyn

If this is Brian's poker-voice, I'd hate to see his poker-face.

Apr. 01 2014 12:00 PM
AL from Eastchester

Trump Wheels "The Hoaxes" Trump lives in the space between the space. Sure Citi Bike would like a few million dollars for free. Something for Nothing. The difference between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump... Is there one. Happy April 1

Apr. 01 2014 12:00 PM
Nancy from NYC

Oh, so you just made fools of and humiliated these callers? Nice.

Apr. 01 2014 11:59 AM
JoanL from Brooklyn

This is TERRIFIC. But it could be better. For in climate weather, the executive should have some kind of shelter from the wind and rain. Also, the peddler could carry the executive from the bike to his or her front door to protect his shoes..

Apr. 01 2014 11:59 AM
Luke

Liberals would have no problem using Trump bike's if The Donald's face was printed on the seat.

Apr. 01 2014 11:59 AM
Susan from NYC

Donald Trump, Citibank, Brian Lehrer and anyone who believes this are all the biggest APRIL FOOLS.

Apr. 01 2014 11:59 AM
@lospapamatt

i really like this plan. Trump has dominated casinos, golf, buildings, reality television, and hair. why not bikes? totally for this!

Apr. 01 2014 11:59 AM
Stephen from Manhattan

I fell for your April Fool's Day story last year, but knew this was a joke since it involved the biggest joke of all, Donald Trump.

Apr. 01 2014 11:58 AM
mary from westchester

is this an april fools day joke?

Apr. 01 2014 11:58 AM
Robert from NYC

You saw them too Molly?! Thought I was seeing things.

Apr. 01 2014 11:58 AM
Julie in Manhattan from East Village

I'm hoping all the callers are in on the joke. Cuz it is an April Fool's joke, right? Right?

Apr. 01 2014 11:58 AM
Bruce from NY

Is there a Trump/Pump feature with this plan?

Apr. 01 2014 11:58 AM
Richard from Great Neck

Your best April 1 show ever!!!
and I listen every year.

Apr. 01 2014 11:58 AM
Nancy from NYC

I'm sorry, this is not amusing. How much are you paying these "callers"?

Apr. 01 2014 11:57 AM
Lauren from Fresh Meadows

Com'on Folks -- this is SO Brian's April Fool's broadcast. Nice try Brian. ; D

Apr. 01 2014 11:57 AM
Mike C from White Plains, NY

April Fools! Took me a few minutes, but I remember that last year's was a little more out there...

Apr. 01 2014 11:57 AM
Saul from UES

You keep calling the advertising free, clearly it isn't. The question is what is that right worth and who will pay for it?

Apr. 01 2014 11:56 AM
Juanita Backerman

How about ASS for Astorino?

or

Hump for Trump?

Apr. 01 2014 11:56 AM
korgy from brooklyn

@bob from nyc --LOL

Apr. 01 2014 11:56 AM

Painful! April Fools Day is not my favorite holiday. Up there with Santacon and Saint Patrick's Day.

Apr. 01 2014 11:55 AM
Pearl

I hate April Fools Day.

Apr. 01 2014 11:55 AM
Newbowery from little italy

April Fools!

Apr. 01 2014 11:55 AM
Anne H. from NYC

April Fool's, right?

Apr. 01 2014 11:54 AM
William Closs

Happy April Fool's Day! The outraged callers are quite amusing, too.

Apr. 01 2014 11:54 AM
Linda from Jersey Shore

Bahahaha.. love this!! some people are more gullible than others

Apr. 01 2014 11:54 AM
CRAIG

ALL FOR IT IF THEY HAVE RADIOS TUNED TO WNYC ON ALL THE BIKES!

Apr. 01 2014 11:54 AM
bob from nyc

T hear there's also some talk about introducing Koch Koaches where the wealthy execs are pulled around in rickshaws by unemployed

Apr. 01 2014 11:54 AM
Robert from NYC

LMAO 20"? He's compensating.

Apr. 01 2014 11:54 AM
Molly from Manhattan

I just saw 18 monkeys fly past my window.

Apr. 01 2014 11:53 AM
Bob from Huntington

This trumps all your previous April Fool's stories, Brian.

Apr. 01 2014 11:53 AM
Jeremiah

Nonsense, this was very good. They had me for a while.

Apr. 01 2014 11:53 AM
kate

Enough. Please say April Fools

Apr. 01 2014 11:53 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Two other recent stories about the most connected seizing the best opportunities first:

Tuesday, April, 2014
Two New Surprises Courtesy Of Forest City Ratner Respecting Luxury Tower Designs To Replace Brooklyn Heights Library: Modular Construction And A Museum Expansion!

http://noticingnewyork.blogspot.com/2014/04/two-new-surprises-courtesy-of-forest.html

Tuesday, April, 2014
Cloud Silver Linings Corporation Says Global Warming And Climate Change Won't Be Bad As Was Feared Provided It Engineers Expected Benefits

http://nationalnotice.blogspot.com/2014/04/cloud-silver-linings-corporation-says.html

Apr. 01 2014 11:53 AM
Jaime from Ellenville, NY

I hear its only if the city allows helicopter landing pads in public parks so rich people don't have to deal with bike riders! April fools abound

Apr. 01 2014 11:53 AM
John from Fanwood

The Rand Paul bikes could like Trumps bike for 2, but with side-by-side seats and a cover for romantic riding, and should be called Randi Bikes

Apr. 01 2014 11:53 AM
valerie halllier

This must be an April Fool joke the TrumpBikes....

Apr. 01 2014 11:53 AM

didnt donald trump inherit money from his father? i have an idea for a reality show. take all of trump's money away and let him work a job, pay rent, and survive in nyc. lets see how he does? Call the show "TRUMPED".

Apr. 01 2014 11:52 AM
korgy from brooklyn

isn't this kind of dangerous to air stuff like this? next thing you know it will be all over the internet

Apr. 01 2014 11:52 AM
marti from Brooklyn

Nice try Brian! April comb-over Fools Day!! The Donald 2016 Bike-share program…well done! :)

Apr. 01 2014 11:51 AM

Have been waiting all show for April Fool's story - thank you!

Apr. 01 2014 11:51 AM
Muriel from Financial District

Yup, April fOOls

Apr. 01 2014 11:51 AM
timothy cahill from 10011

Ha Ha! April fools to you

Apr. 01 2014 11:50 AM
galit from Manhattan

Ok. You must be kidding us....this has to be an April Fools joke as it could not be real. And if it is....this is absolutely the worst idea I have ever heard!!

Apr. 01 2014 11:50 AM

zzz.

Apr. 01 2014 11:49 AM
Dick Hubert from Rye Brook, NY

Happy April Fool's Day, and very very funny.

Apr. 01 2014 11:49 AM
Robert from NYC

APRIL FOOL!!!! How apropos to use the Fool Trump.

Apr. 01 2014 11:49 AM
korgy from brooklyn

April Fools obviously. why do you scare us like this?

Apr. 01 2014 11:49 AM
Sarah from Chelsea

LoL

Apr. 01 2014 11:49 AM
Cynthia from Brooklyn

April Fools!!!!! (I hope)

Apr. 01 2014 11:48 AM
valerie halllier

April FoOl!!!!

Apr. 01 2014 11:48 AM
Lars Hanson from Upper Manhattan

Happy April's Fools Day!

Apr. 01 2014 11:48 AM
Ben from Brooklyn

I'm all for it. The more times we can have Trump's name all over New York City, the better. And thank you Mr. Trump for saving the city, once again!

Apr. 01 2014 11:48 AM
rosey from ct

today is April fools day right, LOL

Apr. 01 2014 11:48 AM
Ray R. from Amherst, MA

April Fools Day...?

Apr. 01 2014 11:48 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Happy April Fool's Day to one and all.

Apr. 01 2014 11:47 AM
er-nay from UWS

April Fool's

Apr. 01 2014 11:47 AM
Stephen from prospect heights

lame april fool's joke, Brian. Better in previous years.

Apr. 01 2014 11:47 AM

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