NYC is again showing its colors: Based on the expansive coverage the CITI bikesharing program is getting in the NYTimes and other outlets, one would think there aren’t 30 other cities in North America with systems already. (Ok, fine, no other system has 300 stations with 6,000 bikes).
Together with David Levinson and David King, I am interviewed by Roxanne Palmer in the International Business Times for the article, Citi Bike Launches In NYC, But Will It Reach New Yorkers Who Aren’t Rich And White?.
My “insights” include:
“The bicycle is so affordable, at first blush you’d think it’d have a widespread appeal to the economically disadvantaged,” University of Colorado Professor of Planning, Design and Civil Engineering Kevin Krizek told International Business Times. “But at least in this country, the preponderance of people riding tend to be male, 40ish, and relatively well-to-do. So if you kind of translate that forward, the people using bike share tend to fall into that same demographic profile.”
Bikes “are not a status symbol yet,” Krizek says. “We’ve had a car culture for so long.”
“All things with respect to NYC versus any other U.S. city in terms of transport tend not to be comparable,” Krizek says. For instance, “car culture is, by several standard deviations, considerably less in NYC.”
“A lot of other cities have put out the bikes first and are now saying, ‘We need better infrastructure,’” Krizek says.
“It’s still uncertain whether bike-share programs in the U.S. are viable transportation options for most residents, or a way for cities to provide “another kind of luxury item,” Krizek says.