Sunday, January 13, 2013
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
From the NY Post:
A two-wheeled tsunami is about to hit New York — and Mayor Bloomberg couldn’t be more pleased.
A giddy Bloomberg yesterday promised that the perpetually delayed bike-share program would flood the city’s already-packed streets with more bikes than Beijing.
“It’s going to be increased by tens of thousands,” the mayor said of the future bike-share New York on his weekly WOR radio show. “Every city that’s done this, it is phenomenally popular.”
Some 5,500 bikes will be placed at 293 docking stations in Manhattan south of 59th Street and downtown Brooklyn in May.
The number will swell to 7,000 bikes by the end of the year, according to the Department of Transportation.
The total is supposed to reach 10,000 bikes at some point, with docking stations as high as 79th Street in Manhattan and over a larger stretch of Brooklyn and Long Island City.
While Mayor Bloomberg was celebrating the two-wheeled onslaught, some New Yorkers feared a public menace with inexperienced cyclists flooding streets crowded with pedestrians and traffic.