"Citi Bike, the city’s newest form of public transportation, is colliding with one of the city’s favorite pastimes: bar hopping," observes Sheila Marikar. "While ridership peaks during the day (for commuting to work, running errands and sightseeing), some New Yorkers are beginning to see it as a convenient way to explore the city’s night life, despite the obvious pitfalls of getting behind those handlebars after a drink or two."
"But is it illegal? Technically, no. While cycling under the influence is not explicitly against the law in New York City, a drunk rider can be charged with disorderly conduct or reckless endangerment, just as a pedestrian can. The program’s user agreement prohibits riding 'under the influence of any alcohol, drugs, medication or other substance,' but no one’s handing out breath testers at docking stations."