Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Unlike last year, Citi Bike has it together this Spring

About the NotSpot Index

This time last year  is when the number of empty Citi Bike stations started to soar,
peaking with 96 NotSpots during the morning rush on May 27. That’s 30 percent of the system.

The NotSpot number for last week, 25, extends the unprecendented streak of statisfactory performance to 11 weeks.  The corresponding week in 2014 came in at an ugly NotSpot 45.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

No more V-V-V-V-Varick St. City installing smooth bikeway on cobblestone blocks

The DOT says almost half of the cyclists on this heavily traveled route in TriBeCa are using the sidewalk to avoid the bone-jarring belgian ride.

This from the DOT’s Facebook page
“NYC DOT Sidewalks team completed saw cutting, excavation and laying of the concrete base on Varick St. for our first in-house granite strip that makes a Belgian block street segment smooth for cyclists! 
Learn more about this project http://on.nyc.gov/1F459bP

New software lets Citi Bike map display which stations have died

Go to the map
One of the frustrating aspects of the Citi Bike experience was arriving at a station and making multiple attempts to take or return a bike before concluding that the whole station was kaput. Now you can avoid those stations.

The new software also allows the map to report more info about broken bikes and individual docks that have broken.

Confirmed: That weekend shutdown was to replace flaky software

To the story
An excerpt
Motivate dumped original software provider PSBC, whose problems were evident even before Citi Bike launched in 2013. The new software is being provided by 8D Technologies, a company which also supplies software for other bike share programs around the country.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The streak continues: Now 9 straight weeks in the green zone

  • So, in a bow to baseball, Citi Bike is batting .667. And the streak of keeping the number of empty stations in check stands at an unprecedented nine straight weeks.

  • The week did have its moments -- an out-of-control Thursday (warmest day of the week) followed by a splendid recovery on Friday.

  • Rainy hours on Thursday and Wednesday afternoon were not included in calculations.

The best social media rants (so far) over the sudden Citi Bike shutdown

Secret stash
3/27 7pm
If anyone needs a #citibike during this weekend's scheduled maintenance just DM me, I've got twenty in my apartment.

Stop whining

3/27 7pm
Oh to live in a part of #NYC where the #CitiBike outage seriously affects my mode choice.

Expect Changes On The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, D, E, F, J, M, N, Q, R & S Trains This Weekend

3/27 6pm

This is really good news

3/28 3 am
"@AlwaysActions: Citi Bikers take note: the system is shutting down this weekend. http://ny1ne.ws/QPCd3t  @NY1"bwaaaahaha!!! Great! :-)

There’s more to this than meets the eye

3/28 1 am
Incredibly poor planning and notification by @citibikenyc in their all-weekend shutdown. Something's wrong with this picture.

Woe is me

3/28 1 am
Me: I think I'll do the Citi Bike commute after my shift tonight.
Citi Bike: The system is being shut down for the weekend for upgrades.

Some people are too nice

3/28 12 am
@CitiBikeNYC thanks for the three day membership extension due to the closure this weekend.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Job-training program provides more than half of Citi Bike mechanics

To the story
An excerpt
Luckily for the operators of Citi Bike, there’s one consistent place they can turn for recommendations on new hires: Recycle-A-Bicycle, a community-based nonprofit that specializes in empowering youth through job training and environmental education.
Eleven of their 20 mechanics are alumni of a Recycle-A-Bicycle program, as are two of the five mechanic supervisors on staff.