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Total. Eyesore. This picture captures it nicely.
To call these garish looking Citibikes an eyesore would be an insult to eyesores everywhere. No self-respecting New Yorker would pick these colors for their own personal bike, it would be better if all the bikes had a less neon looking color. guess its a good thing Bank of America didn't sponsor this or we'd be staring at bright red bikes on every other corner. The rear panels create a thick visual barrier when you see the bikes lined up in their docks, so it really creates a billboard effect that hasn't existed in most neighborhoods since all the old billboards were taken down due to their unsigghtly nature. But then what can you expect from a mega bank that took billions in taxpayer money for a bailout and then refused to loan the money back to taxpayers?
So many blue bikes! I'm not a fan of the pricing though...
Me thinks choosing to call blue bikes an eyesore reflects an anti-bike agenda. There are so many other "eyesores" in NYC and there is no reason to single out blue bikes unless you have an agenda. Having the bikes sponsored by Citibank ensures the program is tax free. If no sponsor, than taxes would have to pay for it which I am sure would have been the subject of even more complaints. No pleasing some...
Tax free or not, it's NOT a viable mode of transportation to get to and from work. No self-respecting New Yorker is going to rent a Citi Bank branded bike to do ANYTHING. You kids from San Diego, perhaps. And you'll look like dicks in the process.
Hey 1:22Be sure to think of anyone on a bus or the subway as a dick too since Citibank advertises thereto. Have fun with all that misdirected anger
I have mixed feelings about the whole share program but one thing I am certain about, the all-blue look is nasty. With a better more kewlness color scheme they could've appealed to a lot more people. And raised a little less ire. Definitely the look of these will turn off more than they will win over.
Today I rode up on my own bike and had myself a close-up look at these machines. Besides the eyesore paintjob these things look kind of fun. I think a lot of people will try out of curiosity. They are clunky. Which is probably good in that they promote slower riding.
If calling the blue bikes an eyesore means you have an anti-bike agenda, then I guess I can't call those eyesores an eyesore, even though they are an eyesore. But I suspect that, after a few months, nobody will see them anymore. They will fade into the background, like taxis, which are equally bright. A decent amount of grime will help as well.
Tax - Free ? I think our taxes bailed out citibank, you're welcome !And the "program" is getting funded quite well by the cost for membership and rental....not sure why Shitibank had to be involved and put their rotten name all over it.The bikes should be green because that is what the CEO of Citibank is gonna use to buy HIMself a new house in the Hamptons with the money he made off this deal with shifty Bloomberg.Ha !
I'm a dick-resembling self-hating New Yorker...call me old-fashioned.
@ nott-a-dumbass-Matthew: *your* taxes may have bailed out Citibank, but you should have the decency to take responsibility for your own faults. Don't blame the bikers for your failure to cheat on your taxes.
the program is hardly tax free, guess who is paying for all those extra traffic safety city workers...the dumbasses are, us.
If more bikes means less cars (+ pollution and collisions) and a little more space on the subway or bus...BRING ON THE BIKES!!!I don't see the problem. The East Village is perfect for this. Will be very popular, and judging by the current number of subscribers, it is.
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