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Citi Bike Takes Over NYC

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If you haven’t heard about Citi Bike by now, you’ve been living under a rock. Or maybe you just don’t live in New York. Either way, it’s been the most talked about item of the summer (even more so than Cronuts). In short, Citigroup payed a bunch of money ($41 million, to be exact) so that New Yorkers can pick up a bike from any of the city’s 300+ docking stations and ride around the city. New York isn’t the first place to try a bike share system; DC, London, Paris and plenty other cities have had these for years. So what’s the big deal?

For starters, there are a lot of critics. The Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz is “appalled” by the “totalitarians running this government.” Some wealthy residents are unhappy that their beautiful streets are being ruined by these hideous blue monsters and have hired lawyers to get the stations moved. Others are upset that helmets are not required.

On the flip side, there are plenty of supporters. The bikes are great for holding small children. You can use them to take your date to prom. And let’s not forget the fact that they’ve opened up a whole new world of exercise for the city’s homeless population.

I’ve wanted a bike for a few years now but don’t have the space in my apartment, so I decided to sign up & check it out. For $95, I got an annual membership, which gives me unlimited 45 minute rides around the city. If I’m running out of time, I just dock the bike and I can take it back out again. In short, I love it. It’s already saved me a ton of time and cab money in the past month alone. Based on my limited experience, I wanted to provide a few useful tips for anyone thinking of hopping on a Citi Bike:

1. Wear a helmet. Safety is sexy and the streets are full of big vehicles and crazy people.
2. Map out your trip before you ride. Try to stay in bike lanes and make sure you’re riding the same direction as traffic.
3. Use the bell. If nothing else, it’s a great way to be passive aggressive towards people standing in the bike lane (this will happen a lot).
4. Have fun. Riding bikes might be the only thing that’s just as fun as an adult as it was when you were a little kid, so get out there and give it a try!

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Written by Peter McCutcheon
Peter McCutcheon

July 4th, 2013 at 11:55 am