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