[Random Citi Bike photo on St. Mark's Place]
Men's Health editor-in-chief Matt Bean used a handheld germ counter to swab a number of surfaces in New York City.
Per his research:
The device ranks how germy the surface of an item is, depending on the bacteria and biological material it finds. The lower the rating, the fewer germs it has. If something gets a rating of 50, it shouldn’t touch your food.
The title for the grossest public object in New York City goes to Citi Bikes. Turns out, the handlebars on these communal bikes are less hygienic than the hold bars on subway trains — 45 times germier to be exact.
Here are the results for the other objects Bean tested:
1. Citi Bike handlebar - 1,512
2. Starbucks door handle - 1,090
3. LinkNYC kiosk - 807
4. Taxi handle - 424
5. Grand Central door knob - 45
Meanwhile, Recode has a piece today titled "A bike-sharing war is coming to the U.S. as investors pour money into new entrants."
May not happen here just yet, though. Motivate, the company behind Citi Bike, has an exclusive contract with NYC through 2029.