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  • BailoutBike: Another Bloomberg-Obama Success

    05/05/2014 4:37:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | John Ransom
    Citibike is a success. Unqualified. Raving. Success. “Citigroup, who was the recipient of over $476 billion dollars of taxpayer bailout money,” wrote Alex Garcia on Townhall Finance in 2012, “has joined forces with the City of New York to sponsor a $41 million dollar bike share program.” That program became Citibike. The goal wasn’t quite as ambitious as Obama’s target of a million electric cars on the roads in eight years. But still the program aimed at putting 10,000 bikes in 600 locations around New York City for commuters to share in the name of environmentalism, health and being hip....
  • CitiBike's rainy day blues: docs don't power up when it's cloudy (NYC Solar bike rentals need sun)

    06/11/2013 10:15:00 PM PDT · by Stoat · 20 replies
    NYPost ^ | June 11, 2013 | DANA SAUCHELLI and NATALIE O'NEILL
    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,” (edit) Lengthy waits to receive bike keys and poor customer service are also part of the problem, riders say. A spokesman...