10 thoughts on “Opinion: 14 Reasons Why Citi Bike in Bushwick is a Bad Idea

  1. NYC policies and all available funds should be for bus and subway mass transportation – not bicycling.
    It is unconscionable that while the MTA cuts bus service and raises fares, that NYC expands bicycle lanes etc.

    Bicycling in crowded NYC is not just dangerous for everyone (pedestrians, cyclists, drivers) but also results in gentrification and demographic stratification.

    Instead of Citibike, how about if Citicorp funds Access a Ride? Or free weekend bus and subway for low-income children?

    • Buses and subways should be well funded and accessible. Pedestrian and bicyclist safety must also be supported through policies and street infrastructure that promote safety. To the extent possible, automobile and truck use should be minimized.

    • Money for bicycle infrastructure goes a long way. There’s a huge bang for the buck in terms of moving people. A protected bicycle lane is typically paint and signage. The most expensive components are relocated concrete pedestrian islands, which are for pedestrian safety purposes. They aren’t always installed, and some islands remain painted and delineated with plastic posts. Keep in mind that this type of infrastructure is still few and far in NYC. Most bicycle lanes are only painted.

      Increased bicycle infrastructure has nothing to do with MTA service cuts on buses.

      Bicycling is a mostly safe activity, also increased bicycling doesn’t result in gentrification and stratification.

      And Citi Bike is privately funded, currently owned by Lyft.

  2. If the argument here is that the street is too dangerous for cycling, then surely the board will support removing parking to install protected bicycle lanes and other safety measures to protect one of the fastest-growing forms of transportation in the city, especially at a time when we need to convince people to get out of single-occupancy cars and SUVs that take up too much space and burn too much fossil fuel to be compatible with our looming climate crisis.

  3. The Bushwick area isn’t too dangerous for bicycling, this piece is ridiculous. There should be increased traffic calming to reduce collisions but bicycling is already very popular in Bushwick and northern Brooklyn in general.

    You’re much more likely to be killed or seriously injured riding a bicycle on Staten Island or the fringes of Queens where traffic is traveling much more quickly.

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  6. This is lazy, worthless leadership by supposed “community leaders.” If cycling is unsafe in Bushwick, then the Community Board should be drafting a resolution to send a letter to NYC DOT demanding immediate better, safer bike infrastructure. The DOT’s rollout of unprotected bike lanes over the past few years in Bushwick was toothless — the pavement markings have already worn off the bike lanes on Irving Avenue. Coincidentally, most of the members of CB4 who approved those plans are still members of the board.

    What strikes me as most telling about this op-ed is the fact that the writers lead with “the next time you’re driving.” Driving is what makes cycling in Bushwick dangerous. We shouldn’t place the convenience of drivers over the safety of cyclists or pedestrians. The sooner the leadership of CB4 recognizes this, the quicker they can act to make our streets safer. Until then, this is just pointless pearl-clutching. People are already cycling in Bushwick. The time to act is now.

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