Monday, July 14, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The weeknight valet service, which will launch at a dock on Avenue A and 7th Street on Monday, will be manned with at least two employees who will remove bikes once the dock fills up so that a couple of spaces will be always be available from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Interesting choice of stations for this experiment. We’ve not recorded a single instance of 7th St & Avenue A filling up during the second quarter.
And generally speaking, our observation is that filled stations are not a problem in the neighborhood. But empty stations put Tompkins Square near the top of our 10 worst neighborhoods list week after week.
An excerptThe city has discussed raising the annual membership fee for the popular bikeshare system from $95 to $140 or even $155, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
At 7 am, Capital New York posted
About three weeks ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, a company called REQX Ventures and Alta Bicycle Share, the system's troubled operator, agreed on the broad outlines of an agreement, according to two knowledgeable sources.
According to the terms of that still-tentative agreement, REQX Ventures, a company run by individuals affiliated with Equinox and Related Companies (the real estate company that owns Equinox) would buy at least 51-percent of the Portland-based company.
At 10 am, New York Business Journal posted
There appears to be a tentative agreement for Alta Bicycle Share, Citi Bike’s Portland, Oregon-based operator, to sell a majority stake of itself, according to a report by Capital New York.
Then around noon, bam, bam, bam
An excerpt from Curbed NY
As expected, a deal with the investment firm REQX Ventures, created by Equinox Gym and its parent Related Companies, will likely keepCiti Bike afloat. Capital New York reports that the deal is close to being finalized, but city officials have been "moving slowly to seal it."
An excerpt from the gothamist
Faced with busted docks, faulty software, and a dearth of profit from 24-hour and 7-day users, Citi Bike, a success in terms of popularity, has been a failure where it counts. Its financial namesake won't grope between the couch cushions to support it, and De Blasio has declined to allot municipal funds for it either. So what happens to public projects that everyone wants and needs but refuses to fund? Private real estate to the rescue!
An excerpt from The Real Deal
The de Blasio administration has come to a tentative agreement to boost the troubled Citi Bike program.
The administration reportedly approved a deal between REQX Ventures and Alta Bicycle Share. Talks between the three parties started in May.
Then at 3:30…
An excerpt from Mashable
Citi Bike, the New York bike-sharing service, has been struggling with cash flow since its inception. But it might soon be able to ride out its money troubles thanks to an investment company affiliated with the gym Equinox.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Thanks to the Rudin Center for this one: “Did you know people post Yelp reviews of subway stations? Here's a map of NYC's busiest subway stations, created by Rudin Center summer intern Andrew Poeppel.”
Monday, June 30, 2014
Communication from Citi Bike
"Thank you for contacting NYC Bike Share, operator of Citi Bike.
We’re sorry to hear that you’ve had difficulty with your transaction. Citi Bike does accept foreign-issued credit cards that belong to the following international networks: Mastercard & Visa.
Processing of internationally-issued cards is, however, subject to issuer approval. If you have any questions as to whether or not your card is connected to the international payment network, we would encourage you to contact your financial institution and inquire with them about authorization."
Facebook member’s comment
SO, let me get this straight. First you say that you don't accept ANY Visa or Mastercard cards if they are foreign. THEN you say the problem is subject to issuer approval??? Which is it, CitiBike or the issuer??
Clearly it is CitiBike, as the Visa and Mastercard cards we are trying and failing with you, work everywhere else all over the world. It is NOT the issuer that prevents a transaction on your CitiBike network, it is your system.Pretty poor experience for every visitor to New Work, wouldn't you say? Sub standard, poor, ill-thought through and in practice, just lame. Fix it up, boys.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
|WEEK 25 June 22||NEIGHBORHOOD||STATION||NOTSPOT℠ HOURS THIS QUARTER||NOTSPOT℠ HOURS THIS WEEK|
|1||Tompkins Square||Avenue D & E 8 St||125||35|
|2||Times Square||Broadway & W 51 St||138||30|
|3||Midtown North||W 51 St & 6 Ave||111||30|
|4||Midtown North||E 53 St & Madison Ave||117||27|
|5||Midtown East||E 51 St & Lexington Ave||92||23|
|6||Times Square||Broadway & W 39 St||69||19|
|7||Times Square||Broadway & W 53 St||148||19|
|8||Flatiron||6 Ave & W 33 St||68||17|
|9||Tribeca||Greenwich St & N Moore St||89||17|
|10||Flatiron||Broadway & W 32 St||37||17|