Share a bike? Share A Bike NYC

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You recently met Andrew. Here’s his two cents and first 1:1 authored blog post! 

The Big Apple is now trying to implement a program called “Share A Bike”. This is similar to  car2go in San Diego except that it is using bikes rather than electric SmarTrips. The bikes have designated parking stations rather than ability to park anywhere like the car2go Smart Cars around San Diego. Think more along the lines of Zip Car with bicycles.

I know what you’re thinking because I was, too… Shouldn’t NYC be the one with the cars due to snow and cold weather and California with the bikes since all we know is beautiful sunshine? While I cannot answer why NYC chose to implement the open air bike version of this new idea, it is obvious that this will help NYC with many environmental issues. More people riding bikes rather than driving cars can alleviate the horrendous traffic New York City is known for, ultimately saving us all time, gas money, and CO2 emissions. Despite getting bashed in the news, I have found the logistics for this new trend are quite optimistic.

Some of the complaints that the people of the fine city of New York have been throwing out against the bike share program are as follows:

  • Too expensive,
  • Dangerous,
  • Competes with vehicle parking

 I even read one complaint that simply stated the bike stations are an “eyesore” to the city. These are some valid concerns raised by people, though I’d say the eyesore complaint is pushing it.

In respect to Bike Share being too expensive, the bike pass itself costs 95 dollars. If this eliminates just one cab ride a week, according to Sommer Mathsis editor of The Atlantic Cities, the bike pass would pay for itself in less than three months. Sounds like a pretty stellar trade off to me.

Danger? Danger? The concern is that Share A Bike would cause more accidents leading to a greater number of injuries and traffic jams. There are concerns about lack of helmets worn by Share A Bike cyclists. This is a shift that both car and bicycle drivers will need to shift to make roadways safer. Lastly, the new bike stations will take up valuable parking spaces. The vision is for Share A Bike to alleviate the number of cars, decreasing the need for coveted parking spots.

No change happens perfectly overnight. While there are plenty of pros and cons on both sides of Bike Sharing, 1:1 thinks it’s an eco-friendly solution that helps bank accounts and public health. 

Boom, Andrew’s first authored blog. Stay tuned for more!