Monday, June 30, 2014
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|
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
A man with a stolen Citi Bike sparked a police chase through the (West) Village streets, subways and buses this week, the NYPD said.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
An excerptMadrid's BiciMAD is making a brave jump ahead of other cities. While human-powered bike shares are becoming commonplace, only a handful of cities have been wading into the electric fray. Copenhagen tried out an e-bike pilot program last year, and Barcelona offers electric scooter sharing, but Madrid's is the first to offer e-bikes as the system-wide standard. It's a smart idea. And it's the only way that bike share is going to end up actually getting people out of their cars.
An excerpt“Due to issues with our supplier, we are currently out of Capital Bikeshare member keys,” a note on the program’s “sign up” page says. “We hope to have this issue resolved soon, but if you’d like to be notified when we have keys to ship please email...
Monday, June 23, 2014
A new entrant into the public bike-sharing space, Zagster, works without the need for inserting credit cards and keys -- it’s totally app driven. Go to station, go to app, get code, unlock bike. Nice. Since the app does the work, we wonder whether that would solve the dock-lock issue, too.
Of course, the systems Zagster has built don’t compare in scale to those of Citi Bike’s operator, Alta.
Zagster has been around in some form or another since 2007. It’s in the news for its installation in Columbus OH. The system was designed and is in use by corporate campuses and universities.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
A Citi Bike annual member wrote this yesterday on Citi Bike’s Facebook page:
This bike has been stuck in dock#9 (at E 37 St & Lexington Ave) since February. Dispute repeated calls and emails providing location info etc, it's still there stuck on yellow. I think this CitiBike thing is going to work out for all you bike shops after all. People like me are getting fed up with empty docks and broken bikes. Rather than shelling out another $100 for the privilege of walking by empty stations, we'll be come to you to to buy folding bikes
We were aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr early Sunday morning June 15 west of Lincoln, NE when the train was stopped for about two hours because of tornado warnings. Indeed while we sat, a tornado toppled this silo farther west in Atlanta, NE.
At dawn we began moving again and the conductor told us about the warnings. When we reached the station at Holdrege, NE we were told about the silo wreckage. We stayed at Holdrege for several hours. In all, the weather put the train five hours behind.
|The silo before the tornado|
|The silo after the tornado|
We stopped again in Atlanta. Our car was directly across from the silo wreckage. This time we were informed that the train crew had run up its maximum 12-hour workday and a replacement crew was on its way. From Denver, five hours away by car!
We waited more than four hours for the new crew to arrive. We had barely resumed our journey when the engine started spewing black smoke. Not good, we were informed. During a relatively short wait, the engineer jury-rigged a fix.
By the time we reached Denver, due in at 7:15 am, night had fallen. After switching engines, we started our climb across the Rockies. We awoke at about 4 am. Stopped again in the wilderness. And awaiting another replacement crew. Who, for a time, couldn’t find the train. Another three hours lost. By this point we were 18 hours behind.
But here’s the really good part: A crew member we befriended told us that Amtrak’s vice president for operations, DJ Stadtler, was aboard the train. Mr. Stadtler, you’ve got your work cut out for you.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
An excerptThe initiative is run by Paris’ bike share program Vélib’, the third-largest in the world, to encourage 2- to 8-year-old kids to learn how to bike safely. And that means all 300 bikes include helmets and all five rental stations are off-road, located by parks, pedestrian spaces or areas with bike lanes.
“The message that bike-share is increasing head injuries is not true,” Teschke told Streetsblog. “The tone of the article suggests that head injuries go up. Really what is happening is that head injuries went down, non-head injuries went down — but non-head injuries went down more.”
Interesting that the WaPo hasn’t clarified its article. We’ll ask the author @LennyMBernstein
We are tardy in posting this and thanks to @PSteely for pointing this out. Some of the blame goes to Amtrak and an 16-hour delay that started at Hodrege NE, not an Internet-friendly section of the country.
Aboard the California Zephyr, we stopped for tornado warnings ahead. Indeed while we sat, a five-story silo toppled onto the tracks in Atlanta, NE. We’ll give you details in a separate post.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
|WEEK 23*||10||WEEK 23||32||WEEK 23||25||WEEK 23||28||WEEK 23||18|
Week 23 at a NotSpot 22, saw the best performance since the snowbound second week of January. Weather certainly came into play here with Monday’s thunderstorms. And the stifling humidity later in the week may have made air conditioned subways and buses a more attractive option. But we’re also seeing signs that Citi Bike is getting more aggressive about rebalancing.
- A record low 2 empty stations occurred Monday.
- Available bikes ended the week just above 4000.
- Fort Greene’s Carlton & Park was the worst-performing station, logging 40 NotSpot hours, all of them as full station.
|WEEK 23 June 8||NEIGHBORHOOD||STATION||NOTSPOT HOURS Q2||NOTSPOT HOURS THIS WEEK|
|1||Fort Greene||Carlton Ave & Park Ave||135||40|
|2||Fort Greene||Clermont Ave & Park Ave||125||39|
|3||Bedford-Stuyvesant||Lexington Ave & Classon Ave||75||25|
|4||Fort Greene||Fulton St & Clermont Ave||51||20|
|5||Bedford-Stuyvesant||Monroe St & Bedford Ave||26||20|
|6||Clinton Hill||Willoughby Ave & Hall St||100||20|
|7||Bedford-Stuyvesant||DeKalb Ave & Skillman St||25||18|
|8||Clinton Hill||Emerson Pl & Myrtle Ave||39||18|
|9||Vinegar Hill||Sands St & Gold St||71||17|
|10||Fort Greene||Washington Park||142||17|
Saturday, June 14, 2014
|WEEK 23||NEIGHBORHOOD||STATION||NOTSPOT℠ HOURS THIS QUARTER||NOTSPOT℠ HOURS THIS WEEK||NOTES|
|1||Times Square||Broadway & W 36 St||160||31|
|2||Times Square||Broadway & W 37 St||163||31|
|3||Times Square||Broadway & W 53 St||129||24|
|4||Civic Center||Centre St & Worth St||40||24|
|5||Tribeca||Laight St & Hudson St||74||19|
|6||Tompkins Square||Avenue D & E 3 St||90||18|
|7||Midtown North||E 53 St & Madison Ave||90||18|
|8||Tompkins Square||Avenue D & E 12 St||19||17|
|9||Times Square||Broadway & W 49 St||43||17|
|10||Midtown North||W 51 St & 6 Ave||81||17|
This past week might be the start of a remarkable turnaround. Or it might be that New Yorkers prefer snow over humidty. Can’t wait for the numbers from next pleasant weekday.
Friday, June 13, 2014
In the first study of its kind, researchers from Washington State University and elsewhere found a 14 percent greater risk of head injuries to cyclists associated with cities that have bike share programs. In fact, when they compared raw head injury data for cyclists in five cities before and after they added bike share programs, the researchers found a 7.8 percent increase in the number of head injuries to cyclists.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
We’re witnessing a radical change in Citi Bike’s rebalancing efforts in Brooklyn. Fully 81 percent of the NotSpots this week are full stations. For the quarter, full stations in Brooklyn account for just 11 percent of all NotSpots.
And these stations are staying nonproductive longer than average -- 6.6 hours vs. 4.6 hours for the quarter.
It’s such a dramatic change in the established pattern that it must be part of a new rebalancing strategy.
Our theory is this:
- Stations that stay full for long periods of time are the most benign of NotSpots. The app tells you at the outset not to go there.
- So riders choose the next best station and those next bests fill up more rapidly, potentially preventing an empty station later in the day.
Meanwhile, there’s mounting evidence that Citi Bike is getting more aggressive about rebalancing some Brooklyn’s chronic NotSpots.
Let us escort you back to the corner of DeKalb & Vanderbilt in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill. Faithful followers of this blog will remember our 14-day chronicle of the bike station there. After a rebalance, the station emptied every weekday morning and stayed empty for hours, ending only when a rainstorm allowed it to refill.
Check out the top screenshot, taken Tuesday at 11 am. It shows the usual pattern, nearly emptying at 9 am. But this time a rebalance crew arrived with about 10 bikes.
The second screenshot, taken June 3 at 4 pm shows DK&V going NotSpot at 8 am and a crew arriving an hour later, again with about 10 bikes.
We’ve seen this aggressive rebalancing happen on other occasions; we’ve just neglected to take a screenshot. And we’ve seen it happen at other stations in Brooklyn and in Manhattan that were suffering from chronic inattention.
This could be really good news.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
We recorded a record low two Citi Bike empty stations at 11:30 am Monday. If it weren't for the thunder, you could have heard the choir sing in almost perfect harmony.
Monday, June 9, 2014
An excerptCiti Bike should explore incentives for people making reverse commutes that have the effect of rebalancing the system (for instance, riding to Penn Station during the morning rush or away from Penn Station during the evening rush). Paris' bike-share system offers riders 15 free minutes of ride time in exchange for returning a bike to certain stations in outage-prone areas.
|WEEK 22||49||WEEK 22||33||WEEK 22||41||WEEK 22||16*||WEEK 22|
Week 22 came in at a NotSpot 34, the best performance in seven weeks. Even though the numbers were undoubtedly helped by Thursday’s morning rain, we have a growing sense that the system operators are becoming more aggressive about balancing stations.For example, check out the list of Brooklyn’s Top Ten NotSpots. There are only seven stations that were down for ten or more hours. First time we’ve seen that happen.
- During Thursday's rain the number of empty stations dropped to five, making a tie for the record low.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Available in black and gray, the backpack was designed by Rebecca Minkoff in collaboration with Bloomingdales to "help the chic city girl go about her day with ease," according to Rebecca Minkoff retail merchandise manager Christine Marconi. A zipper pouch for a water bottle and a key clip are among the bike-friendly features. The bags will be available for purchase at Thursday's party, which includes complimentary potassium snacks, Icelandic yogurt, and make-up touchups from Clarins.
But the perverse byproduct of Citi Bike's popularity is its impact on bike stores like McCorkell’s. The very institutions that should be riding the success of a newly bike-friendly city are getting doored by it instead. For the neighborhood bike shop, declining sales are an unintended consequence of a program that most people seem to love.
Forgive us for this comparison, but after reading the spectacularly written obit of State Sen. Roy Goodman, we cannot help but blurt: For the Citibike system, morning rain works like Ex Lax.
Yesterday scored a NotSpot 16, lowest since a Tuesday in the second week of January when we had a chilling all-day rain. Monday also tied the lowest number of empty stations -- five at 8:30 am -- that we’ve recorded for the year.
Empty/full stations day by day
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
An excerptBut after it gained public attention more recently Wilson was told to stop the process of testing out his designs and selling the seats because they violate the program’s user agreement on several fronts.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Most people who find themselves in this situation spend some time trying really hard to make the slots work. They shove their bikes into them as forcefully as they can, hoping with every thrust that the mechanism will lock like it’s supposed to. But in the end, everybody gives up and rides sadly away.