Saturday, June 8th, 2013
The local and even national furor over the Citibike bike share roll-out in New York continues to entertain. What’s more, it illustrates the huge advantage New York has in grabbing attention. The eagerness of its residents to make public spectacles of themselves over whatever it is that fires them up serves as fodder for these kinds of stories which the media that is centered in New York then eagerly devours. The amount of coverage this thing is getting is unreal given that this is a pretty prosaic bike share deployment.
Comedy Central even got in on the act. Here’s an awesome segment featuring Dorothy Rabinowitz’s now infamous video plus a number of man on the street type interview. If the video doesn’t display, click here.
Rather than embarrassment, this segment made the Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz proud of the blowback she caused. She was back with a followup. This one is not quite as hilarious, but she manages a few laugh lines. My favorite was when asked what would make a bicyclist leave a bike lane (and specifically to respond to the idea that the bike lane might be blocked, as frequently does happen), she replied, “This question should ultimately be answered by the therapist we hope this bicyclist is consulting.” If the video doesn’t display for you, click here and again note this is an auto-play link.
Lastly, John Stewart also did a segment that mocked the bike share program somewhat, but it wasn’t super funny. I’ll include it for completeness’ sake. The problem is that bike share is actually pretty darn boring and normal, so it can be a bit difficult to make fun of. If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.