“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: