Thursday, August 28, 2014

23 reasons bicycling is the best way to navigate NYC

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No. 3: The sentence "It's all the way crosstown"strikes no fear in a cyclist's heart. "Oh, you just sat down at Empire Diner? Order me a beer, I'll be there in 10 minutes."

Mathematicians worldwide tackle bike-share rebalancing

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And Citi Bike—which works with computer scientist David Shmoys of Cornell University, according to Wald—has done a better job on balance lately. The bikeshareNYC blog keeps a NotSpot index tracking how many Citi Bike stations are empty or full. In recent weeks, Citi Bike has been squarely in the rebalancing "green" zone, meaning only 20 to 33 stations were not usable at the time of the survey.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stations near Williamsburg Bridge rack up most cyclist injuries

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Three of the top ten stations with the highest injury density are located just off the Williamsburg Bridge.  Note that we can’t control for bicycle traffic here, so this does not mean that any given rider has a higher chance of getting an injury;  more riders means more injuries. That being said, any one who has biked near the exit of the Williamsburg Bridge knows it’s a bit of a tricky place.  Other top stations are listed above, including three on Broadway.

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This came out in mid-August when we were too involved in house hunting to do much with the blog. We’re sorry we’re tardy because the IQuantNY blog is a great piece of work.

Replacement seats not as comfy, Reddit commenters say


New seats have a groove down center
In a thread on Reddit, people are complaining that the new seats Citi Bike is installing are tilted forward and not as comfortable as the originals.

Citi Bike disputes Post's "One third of bikes in the shop" story

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Citi Bike spokeswoman Dani Simons...disputed the figure slightly, saying there are just under 1,200 bikes in the repair shop (and adding that an average of 200 are repaired a day). Earlier this year, Alta Bicycle Share suffered some "seasonal downsizing" of repair workers whose job it is to maintain the bikes and docks. As a result, Citi Bike's rates of repair and maintenance reportedly dropped precipitously.

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The Gothamist was graceful enough to include a mention of our cracked seats post in this story.

NYPD mum on success/failure of Operation Safe Cycle

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On Tuesday morning, the NYPD declined to offer any information about the success (or failure) of the operation, including metrics like the number of tickets issued or arrests made.




Available bikes day by day


The New York Post made much recently of one third of the bike fleet being sidelined for repairs. But the number of available bikes has hovered between 4000 and 3300 all summer.  Whatever the number in the shop, there’s been no “shortage” of bikes on the street or we’d see a spike in empty stations. And we haven’t.