The launch of bike share in New York City, aka CitiBike, is probably the most significant transportation development in the city – and perhaps the country – in decades. Six thousand bikes, 33 stations, and 15,000 bike trips in its first day of operations. Credit Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan and numerous NYC groups for a program will have far reaching implications.
Everyday it seems there is another news article across all media with rants and raves. Thankfully the New Yorker brought a sense of humor and poignancy with its cover illustration. There is not much we can add to the discussion that has not already been said. But we wanted to share some links and to alert you to the fact that Janette Sadik Khan will be in San Francisco next week. She is giving a keynote address at the San Francisco Bike Coalition (SFBC) Golden Wheels event. Here is a chance to meet one of the most influential and articulate leaders in modern transportation thinking and planning on the planet.
I had the good fortune to meet and interview her two years ago for this post titled “The First Lady of Livable Cities”. We are super fortunate to have her here in San Francisco. If you are local don’t pass up this opportunity to hear her and meet her. All proceeds go to support the SFBC who work tirelessly to make San Francisco a smarter and more livable city for all of us.
Some summary notes and links on the New York CitiBike program.
The program is off to a phenomenal start. Check out the stats here.
New York City’s leaders took best practices from around the world where bike share has been already implemented in hundreds of cities.
Complaints about bike share are predictable, but over time reasoned arguments generally prevail, as summarized in Business Insider’s article “New York’s Bike Share Is Brilliant, And Every Complaint About It Is Bogus”.
The joyful optimism perfectly captured by New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham here.
The wildest curmudgeon rant we have seen comes from Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member Dorothy Rabinowitz who may be taking up where Michele Bachman is leaving off. “Death by Bicycle” is the title for this diatribe.
Our friends at Pentagram Design have been active in this program. See here.
The largest bike share program is in Hangzhou, China, which is 10 times the size of New York City’s program. Here are Bike Sharing Maps from 29 cities around the world.
Credit Mayor Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Kahn for a program that will have far reaching implications. It will do for NYC and the US what the phenomenal Velib program did for Paris and France launched in 2007.
We look forward to watching other cities in the US playing catch up. Hello San Francisco.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s annual Golden Wheels event on Thursday, June 20.