Citi Bikes Ingrained in Gotham, For Better or Worse
Heretofore, bikeshare fatalities were associated with unintentional motor vehicle crashes, of which there were none until July 2016. But that changed drastically on Oct. 31 with the deadliest act of terrorism in New York since Sept. 11, 2001.
Ten Argentines had come to the Big Apple to celebrate their 30th high school reunion. On Tuesday, they rented Citi Bikes and biked down America's most popular bikeway (seen in video), the Hudson River Greenway, to lower Manhattan along the West Side Highway, report Keith Griffith, Jennifer Smith and James Wilkinson for the Daily Mail on Nov. 1.
Moments later, a terrorist in a rented pickup truck would enter the bikeway at Houston Street in Tribeca and speed down the bikeway toward Chambers Street, killing five of the friends: "Ariel Erlij, Hernán Mendoza, Diego Angelini, Alejandro Pagnucco and Hernán Ferruchi. All were 47, except for Erlij, who was 48." A sixth, Martin Ludovico Marro, remains hospitalized.
Drake, 33, worked as a program manager at Moody’s in the World Trade Center. His usual break from work after losing 93 pounds from gastric bypass surgery was to grab a Citi Bike and go for a ride, the family said.
Also struck and killed by the terrorist was Nicholas Cleves, 23 a Manhattan software engineer, described as "an avid bicyclist," and Ann-Laure Decadt, a 31-year-old Belgian mother of two, who was biking with her mother and two sisters, who were unharmed, according to The Washington Post.
Citi Bike-related homicides
A 56-year-old woman was shot to death in Manhattan by her ex-boyfriend on Wednesday morning while parking her Citi Bike, reports the Daily Mail . The gunman then shot himself. Once again, the iconic blue Citi Bikes can be seen in pictures of a gruesome crime scene.
Finally, a Citi Bike was involved in a Brooklyn homicide this summer. A 15-year-old, on foot, shot and killed a 22-year-old recent college graduate in East Flatbush, reported the Daily News on July 15. "He then ran to an accomplice, who was holding the Citi Bike for him, and pedaled off."