WATCH: Daily Show On Overreaction To New York’s Bike Share Program, Plus Why Conservatives Hate It

“Citi Bike finds itself at the very nexus of five different things that conservatives hate,” explains NY Magazine in a Venn diagram:

ThinkProgress has already reported on the Wall Street Journal’s over-the-top reaction to New York City’s new bike sharing program in which Ed Board member Dorothy Rabinowitz claimed “the bike lobby is an all-powerful enterprise.”

Leaving that absurd allegation aside, increasing the use of bikes cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions, benefits public health, and makes cities more accessible. There is also evidence that installing a bike share station increase economic activity by driving new customers to local shops and restaurants.

But what was missing was a trip to Bed-Stuy to see what regular people thought of the CitiBike, juxtaposed with critics who simply wish the city had installed electric golf carts instead.

The Daily Show‘s Al Madrigal has more, complete with someone popping a wheelie on a hefty CitiBike:

14 Responses to WATCH: Daily Show On Overreaction To New York’s Bike Share Program, Plus Why Conservatives Hate It

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Daily Show on Bice sharing from 6th june
    (since Hulu distribution is limited to US only)

  2. catman306 says:

    Speaking about Onion News and overreaction, Gail from Witsend has linked this:

    The Onion’s Future News From The Year 2137

    (it’s scary, really scary, but it’s a relief from the boredom and irrelevance of All Things Considered)

  3. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Got to stay away from that sharing stuff – only commies share, ME

  4. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    ‘It is not enough to succeed-others must fail’.

  5. Chris says:

    Also the strangeness of the “unlimited 45 minute rides.”

  6. fj says:

    Keep doing a double take with actually two posts on bikes here; keep thinking it is Streetsblog NYC.

  7. Merrelyn Emery says:

    One of the ‘glories’ of hierarchies of personal dominance is that they guarantee only a few win while many fail, ME

  8. fj says:

    Jevon’s Paradox amplified

  9. rollin says:

    While Asian’s are buying SUV’s, americans want to ride bicycles for transport. A case of role reversal.

    They should bring back horse carriages, it will give people jobs cleaning up after them.

  10. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I chose, ‘Retired-hurt’ at about eight.

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    On cold days you can put the steaming, fresh, stuff in your coat-pockets, to keep your hands warm.

  12. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Aren’t you employed Mulga? ME

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I am fully employed, part-time as wage-slave, part-time as gardener, part-time as Pontifex Minimus. I’ve applied for a little added work as an idiot-savant, but, apparently, I’m only half way there.