"Are bikeshare stations adding to the sociability and amenability of the places they occupy?" ask PPS Transportation Associate David M. Nelson and Transportation Intern David Leyzerovsky. Using the observational methods of William Holly Whyte, they found: "the answer was a clear and resounding 'Yes!' People — not just bikeshare users, but everyone passing by station docks — are adopting the bikeshare system as part of the social infrastructure of the city."
At locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, they observed that "[t[he bikeshare stations provided a place for people to eat, read, relax, socialize, skateboard, people watch, and play."
"Beyond their official purpose as merely a transportation program, bikeshare stations have proven to be dynamic tools for triangulation," they conclude.