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CitiBike's rainy day blues: docs don't power up when it's cloudy (NYC Solar bike rentals need sun)
NYPost ^ | June 11, 2013 | DANA SAUCHELLI and NATALIE O'NEILL

Posted on 06/11/2013 10:15:00 PM PDT by Stoat

Citi Bike’s solar-powered docking stations don’t always get enough electricity on cloudy days — a glitch that makes returning the bikes infuriating, riders say.

Bike share users — who for weeks have had trouble locking bikes into docks — say the malfunction occurs most on overcast days, when stations are not fully charged.

“It’s a joke — they’re solar-powered so they’re basically dead half the time….It’s worse when it’s cloudy or when the dock is under a tall building,”

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Lengthy waits to receive bike keys and poor customer service are also part of the problem, riders say.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation noted cyclists are simply getting used to a new system.

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(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; Local News; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: citibike; newyork; newyorkcity; nyc; solar; solarpower
It's completely unreasonable to expect a solar powered system to work well when it it deprived of solar energy for extended periods. It's far more reasonable to blame the users of the system.

 

 

 


1 posted on 06/11/2013 10:15:01 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sunless days in NYC affecting the operation of a solar powered system? This could never have been forseen.


2 posted on 06/11/2013 10:15:54 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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These bikes are a JOKE. Take them off the streets now.


3 posted on 06/11/2013 10:16:01 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.)
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4 posted on 06/11/2013 10:18:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Stoat
The answer is clearly Sun Lamps (check with Boner):


5 posted on 06/11/2013 10:20:52 PM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: Stoat

Are these electric or electric-assist bikes? If not, why do the docking stations need solar power?


6 posted on 06/11/2013 10:24:11 PM PDT by TChad
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Are these electric or electric-assist bikes? If not, why do the docking stations need solar power?

 

I'm guessing that electricity is required to operate the bicycle locking system and the automated rental / money acceptance system.

This could never have been forseen.  Blame the riders!   ;-)

7 posted on 06/11/2013 10:26:42 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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Just ANOTHER of Bonehead Bloomberg’s horrific wastes of taxpayer monies. Let’s not forget CityTime, vast amounts of money spent on Bored of Ed computer software that doesn’t work or doesn’t communicate with other softwares, essential traffic lanes removed to make room for BIKE lanes that absolutely NO ONE uses (resulting in markedly increased commute times for drivers), etc. etc. The minute I heard of this City Bike plan, I knew it wouldn’t work. It would out-cute itself, just as it has. Solar powered docks, oh aren’t we sooo green, just pat us on the head wouldya? Oh heck, some nasty people are stealing and vandalizing the bikes. Must be Tea Party people, right? They don’t want to see a GREEN project succeed, that’s it. Uh, whaddya mean those solar things don’t work when there is no sun? As in a city of tall skyscrapers blocking it? Um...


8 posted on 06/11/2013 10:28:50 PM PDT by EinNYC
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Liberal Engineer...”Let’s see, where should we put the docking station? I know! In the shadow of a tall building. That should work.”


9 posted on 06/11/2013 10:29:32 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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I think you are right. Here's the website:

http://citibikenyc.com/

It looks like an electric-assist bike, but it's just a very basic three-speed.

10 posted on 06/11/2013 10:50:54 PM PDT by TChad
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Redesign the docking stations. Clamps hold the frame from the rear. Client sits on citibike and pedals. Rear wheel sits on rollers which charge the docking station. When the station is charged, clamps open and client rides away, leaving a fully charged system for the next bike.

Do I have to solce all NYNY's problems?

11 posted on 06/12/2013 12:23:40 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("New Yorks Finest" are now "The Untouchables")
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“A spokesman for the Department of Transportation noted cyclists are simply getting used to a new system.”

NYC screwed up. Get used to it.


12 posted on 06/12/2013 3:51:29 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Stoat

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.


13 posted on 06/12/2013 4:09:55 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Stoat

I wonder how often Bloomberg rides one of these....


14 posted on 06/12/2013 4:29:46 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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They’ll keep the solar panels there, but quietly drag a couple of 120 V lines over also, in the dead of night. The panels are required to make people THINK that they’re saving the planet.


15 posted on 06/12/2013 4:49:37 AM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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They’ll keep the solar panels there, but quietly drag a couple of 120 V lines over also, in the dead of night. The panels are required to make people THINK that they’re saving the planet.

Somewhere in what you said there is a plot to a great novel. Symbolism over substance is the lifeblood of liberalism.

16 posted on 06/12/2013 4:55:34 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Stoat

Liberals are just too lazy to push the pedals on a regular bike...


17 posted on 06/12/2013 5:02:03 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Drawsing

Liberals are too lazy to push pedals on a regular bike...

Insane and lazy.


18 posted on 06/12/2013 5:03:08 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Stoat

The obvious fix is to install supplemental wind turbines.


19 posted on 06/12/2013 5:11:16 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Stoat

And this is happening in the summer time. In the winter, many places in NYC get no sun light at all...


20 posted on 06/12/2013 6:15:34 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Stoat

Isn’t New York City very cloudy?


21 posted on 06/12/2013 6:25:59 AM PDT by tbw2
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