Please Use Bike Share, Just Don't Ride Home from the Bar

Cheaper than a cab and more appealing than waiting for a train, Citi Bike has become a popular means of late night travel for New Yorkers. The Times finds the need to point out to overly enthusiastic users that biking while drunk isn't exactly legal.
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"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."

Full Story: Riding Away From a Bar Crawl with Citi Bikes

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