For Survey No. 3, we visited 14 TriBeCa and Civic Center Citi Bike stations around midday Tuesday. Here’s how it went:
The accuracy of the app continues to drop. We’ve now surveyed 56 stations and have found the app to be completely accurate 50% of the time.
ACCURATE = exactly reflecting conditions on the ground
SLIGHTLY OFF = off by fewer than 5 bikes or docks
WAY OFF = off by 6 or more bikes or docks
ANNOYINGLY OFF = where it tells you all is well at a station that is filled, empty or dead
2 Midtown, rest Civic Center and TriBeCa
About the annoying circumstances
With the app showing only one dock open, we set off for the Greenwich St & N Moore St station with some trepidation. When we got there, the one open dock wasn’t functioning. Luckily for us, we couldn’t even start to mutter our first profanity when someone took a bike out, freeing a working dock.
When we arrived at the Hudson St & Reade St station, the app said there were 10 open docks. There were zero.
Red and yellow lights
Twice during our tour we got red lights when docking and once a yellow but the bikes locked on each instance and our trip history showed the trips as closed.
We experienced 8 cases of being unable to return a bike to a dock at 4 different stations.
TriBeca/Civic Center is at the top of the heap right now with bikes at 72% of the 314 docks we surveyed. FiDi/Battery Park came in at 63% and Lower East/Two Bridges at a paltry 25%