Re “Citi bike program comes to Queens,” May 17, multiple editions:
I am a bicycle rider and a commuter, and I think that bike share accessibility is important for everyone in Queens and everyone going to Queens!
The opinion that cyclists using the bike share system will be inexperienced is without merit ... are car rental companies going out of business? I am, let’s just say, a “seasoned” cyclist and commuter and on my visits to Boston I use their bike share program every time. Boston’s program saw the opportunity to fill a gap in their downtown public transportation system by giving people a quick way to get across town at any time of day or night at a reasonable cost — I’ve not seen a wayward rider yet.
The opinion that only commuters will use the bikes doesn’t do Queens justice. Bike Share will be there for residents who are not everyday cyclists ... those of us who want to warm up to riding in the city and not have to worry about the price of a bicycle or a place to store it, ones that remember riding, but it’s been awhile.
Also residents like myself who have guests visiting but no extra bikes at home — I mean who has the space? What a great opportunity this will be!
And don’t forget the visitors to the city who are trying to see more of Queens than their already-fatigued walking legs can carry them to — they will be able to take in all of the museums that Queens has to offer in a day (or at least try!) rather than just one or two.
As for commerce near a bike station or anywhere for that matter ... it’s easier to stop and shop when you are on a bicycle than in a car!
It’s a win-win-win-win. Support it!