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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 08:08 AM

A Citi Bike station (Kate Hinds/WNYC)

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Despite its popularity, New York's bike share system needs to raise tens of millions of dollars to stay afloat — in part because not enough tourists are using it. (WSJ)

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No luck yet in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, but the search is focusing on an area of the Indian Ocean about 1,500 miles SW of Perth, Australia. (NPR)

Congestion pricing is gaining momentum in New York. (Capital NY)

Residents of the only county in metro Atlanta without local public transportation could vote to remedy their transit deficit, thanks to legislation headed to the governor’s desk for signature. (AJC)

The U.K. city of Hull may lower its speed limit to 20 mph. (Yorkshire Post)

Federal officials have approved an environmental study for a proposed 16-mile Purple Line in the Maryland suburbs. (WaPo)

Bike softly and carry a big horn — say, a horn developed after raising $40,000 on Kickstarter. (WBUR)

BP has won the rights to drill for oil in 24 deepwater tracts in the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, you read that correctly. (The Hill)

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Comments [2]

Bronx from NYC

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY obviously does not understand the concept of bicycle share.

Citi Bike has extremely high ridership for a bicycle share program (Especially considering the number of docks/bikes). Demand is enormous (The average bicycle gets 7 rides per day during the warmer temperatures). The problem is that more people opted for an annual membership than expected (almost 100,000 and rising), while less utilized 24 hour and weekly passes (The money makers). There was also Hurricane Sandy damage and my guess mismanagement by Alta.

NYC benefits from bike share in that it provides some relief to other forms of transportation (In fact it works great in collaboration with mass transit). It would have significantly greater impact if rolled out citywide. The initial phase isn't even complete yet.

The city should open the books. If Alta is to blame, dump them, take over and sustain the system with public funds. The cost for Citi Bike is minuscule considering the number of people moved and compared to other forms of transit. It's a very efficient way around town.

Mar. 21 2014 06:48 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Why am I not surprised to hear this about Citibike? They are supposed to be privately financed, but now the public will be footing the bill when originally promised not to. I sort of knew that this bike share idea was a failure from the start. I'd say rather than save it, just let it die. There is no need for a bike share if one already owns a bicycle. Overall, I'm not being pessimistic, I'm being realistic here. Let's not forget that most bicycles only get used when weather permitting, so these racks will be seen as an unused eyesore at those times. Of course, it's easy to keep it on life support when you have friends in high places, which is what the bike zealots will be demanding for even though there is a lot of opposition where to place such racks.

Mar. 21 2014 02:11 PM

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