Skip to comments.New York Bike-Share Program Bans ‘Fat’ People
Posted on 05/02/2013 1:54:17 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
A new bike-share program in New York looks like a promising way to fix some of the city's biggest problems, like traffic congestion, air pollution, and obesity.
Or rather, let us rephrase: It will help to relieve issues of obesity, but only for the portion of the population weighing less than 260 pounds.
“Everyone who signs up for the program has to agree to a contract, which states users ‘must not exceed maximum weight limit (260 pounds)’ because the bikes can’t hold that much heft,” explains the New York Post.
But citizens aren’t buying it. Jhoskaira Ferman, a 20-year-old student from Pelham Bay, Bronx, says that “If you’re 260 pounds or 300 pounds and want to ride a bike, you should be allowed to. You’re making a choice to live healthier and to lose weight.”
19-year-old Juleissy Lantigua agrees: “That’s bogus,” she says. “260 pounds isn’t going to break the bike. To me, that’s discrimination. And I’m not easily offended!”
Although the anti-fat rule has some people outraged, the New York Post’s coverage clarifies that “bike-share programs run by the same contractor — the Portland, Ore.-based Alta Bicycle Share — launched in Boston with the same weight restriction. London’s program also has the restriction.” It’s a battle of morality against practicality.
MailOnline.com says that New York Department of Transportation Policy Director Jon Orcutt has explained that despite the weight recommendation from the bike manufacturer, the city will not strictly enforce the limit, claiming that he thinks riders “will be self-selecting, practical and safe.”
The program apparently will cost users $95 per year, or $25 per week to hop onboard, albeit for those who pass the weight limitations.
Hahahahaha ... good one! :)
She don't care about no fat person ban. She'll fly in her own bike.
That’s the outrageous part of this. Its not whether or not fat people can ride the bikes. Its that the government is using freakin’ taxpayer money to run this boondoggle. Let me make a prediction: fat people riding won’t be much of an issue because these bikes will be stolen or destroyed within short order.
bike? I thought she used a broom... or was that her wife...
we should call them bloomycycles.
somebody is making a few crony dollars off of this joke.
The initial 30 bicycles placed into service for the Orange Bike Project were all stolen within a few weeks. A total of 80 bicycles were eventually used in the Orange Bike Project, all of which were either stolen or vandalised beyond repair. In one case, an Orange Bike Project bicycle was thrown in front of a freight train, in others, bikes were found with major frame damage consistent with deliberate vandalism. The program was terminated after only five months of operation.
Don’t you know that African women have big butts for a heredity survival reason. Overweight protects against starvation. Putting it all on the rear protects the rest of the body from overheating. If you see a picture of Michelle you will see her arms are not fat.
Regarding the weight limit. By signing the contract, the rider swears he/she is not over 260 lbs. I don’t know if they ever see the person. If they are very heavy and then get in an accident/damage the bike with overweight, then they are liable and the bike company is not. I can imagine a 300 pounder roaring down a hill could be very dangerous to both himself and others and the bike.
You have space to store the bike when you’re not using it. The issue with a lot of NYC apartments is one of having to store the bike in the shower or on the fire escape.
Might be cheaper to rent than replacing bike after bike that’s stolen.
it's not discrimination. it's physics.
fat people riding won’t be much of an issue because these bikes will be stolen or destroyed within short order.
You got that right.
Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2013 7:29:46 AM by Louis Foxwell
GVW: 0.1 TONS
I’m trying to envision the long line of 260 lb + waiting to ride their bikes .... but in NYC the His High and Mightiness might have banned them from public transportation and ordered them onto an exercise program.
This is not fair to the Fat Bottom Girls!
My favorite rendition.....
Fat Bottom Girls = Fat Bottomed Girls....details, details. ;>)
Quite a few things have limits of 250 pounds. Some ladders: one example of many. Maybe some bikes are built tougher than others. Wouldn’t want someone well over the weight limit to get hurt, and there are other good ways to exercise. Swimming is great for those who can swim.
Ya think the Fuhrer would have welcomed all these political vermin into his inner circle??
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