A Call for New York City to Put Skin in the Bike Share Game

Despite the recent deal that will bring a large capital infusion and expansion of the Citi Bike system in New York City, Sarah Goodyear sees a program on the brink. Can the city help ensure its success?
August 5, 2014, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Goodyear begins her recent polemic by describing the "management problems and financial shortfalls" that have let to cutbacks, poor service, and a declining subscription base.

The crux of the problem: "The question is, would the city be better off looking at a different model, one in which the public sector takes more control and more accountability, in exchange for greater transparency about the way bike-share is being handled?"

Goodyear goes on to provide a number of arguments in favor of the city supporting the program with public funds, including one related to the key question posed above: "Until New York starts treating bike-share as the public amenity that it is, this potentially game-changing addition to the city’s transportation infrastructure will remain subject to the vicissitudes of deals made behind closed doors by private interests."

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Published on Monday, August 4, 2014 in Next City
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