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Love bike-share? Hate it? Either way, you’ll like this Jon Stewart segment

Citi Bike Share debuted two weeks ago with 6000 bikes at more then 300 stations. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT
Citi Bike Share debuted two weeks ago with 6000 bikes at more then 300 stations. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERTCredit: EPA

Nothing inspires passion from readers quite like stories about bikes — and especially stories about bike-share. Last Sunday, after writing about Citi Bike, the brand-spanking-new bike-sharing program that debuted in New York City just over two weeks ago, I received quite a few e-mails from readers.

Some said their qualms about Citi Bike reflected similar concerns they have about Hubway, the Boston equivalent: A lack of access to helmets for on-the-go users, fears of novice riders riding around the city, complaints about bike-share users spotted riding their bikes on sidewalks.

Others cheered on New York, and advised them to be patient with the system’s tech snafus.

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One reader, Dave, took an especially pointed approach:

“The New Yorkers are right for once. Programs like this are a waste of money, parking spaces, and traffic lanes,” Dave wrote.“This is a silly fad that will fade away soon.”

The diversity of reader responses echoed several of the issues raised on a recent episode of “The Daily Show,” in which comedian Jon Stewart dedicated a significant chunk of air-time to the bike-share brouhaha.

Bostonians on both sides of the bike debate may appreciate his take.

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