Passive-Aggressive Parallel Parking at CitiBike Station

The New York Post has yet another article (as do we!) about the CitiBike shares, this one focusing on the inconveniences they’ve caused to drivers and the DSNY.

But they also included this parking protest that took place at a CitiBike Station in the neighborhood on Tuesday. I was going to play a little game of “Guess the Spot!” but this one is too easy. Not so easy is the way (s)he was able to fit—I can’t parallel park even when no cars are around. Who is this silent protestor? And does (s)he give lessons on S-turns?

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  • PB

    According to DOT, it’s actually less than 1% — only 0.5%. And I wouldn’t refer to it as “lost to Bike Share” but as “converted to Bike Share” or even better… “upgraded to Bike Share!” ;-)

  • PB

    Joe, I completely agree. I can’t imagine why a business would rather have space for 1 car in front of their door instead of 11 bikes. It’s just gotta lead to increased sales — I can’t imagine how it couldn’t.

  • PB

    Bob, I think it’s a shame that other posters have attacked you but it’s hard to take your point of view seriously when you rise to the bait and not only attack them right back but raise the bar by using profanity.

    I look forward to your response to my comment to you above asking what you think of converting more parking spaces to metered parking.

  • Arch Stanton

    Yes that’s better, see edit above.

  • Arch Stanton

    I find it interesting how you don’t answer any of the straight forward, non attacking questions, you have been asked… Is it that you simply do not have any cogent answers?

  • Monty

    It’s true that cars take 1000X more space, are smelly and far more dangerous. People get made a bikes because they usually don’t have a space carved out for them so they are either infringing on pedestrians or infringing on drivers. If we didn’t spend billions maintainaing nicely paved roads, cars would be reviled.

  • fullspecial

    I love the idea of Citibike but I’m so so worried about people getting hurt. Stay safe my friends.

  • Steven A. Levine

    One car takes up the space of at least 6 cyclists. Nice use of curb space. I hope they towed the car of the jerk who parked illegally and he pays a hefty fine. Your coverage and that of the NY Post is so slanted it’s ridiculous. How about interviewing people using Citibikes?

  • Marathoner

    This is an interesting topic – not sure it necessarily increases sales as it depends on what customers arrive by car and who uses the bikes, i.e. a customer vs a tourist who may not be interested in your business.

    But, it does increase mobility – which gives people access to more choices… so, now I can stop going to nearby businesses that are mediocre and go to the really good place in Carroll Gardens (for example) that was just too far by foot / train

    Ultimately, it brings more options to people – more choices are accessible, so good businesses will do better and worse businesses will suffer

    I believe the net affect is increased ‘liquidity’ in the form of access to more of the best

    Not to mention that it discourages cars, which we don’t need more of – another bonus

    And, glad that none of the doomsday fears have been realized – the sky is still intact j

  • Andrew Porter

    I’m protesting all the buildings over one story high, which prevents me from mooring my blimp everywhere I want to. Bad enough they put those dumb radio masts on the Empire State, so you can’t moor there any more.

  • Andrew Porter

    No bike here!

  • Greg

    Take this with a grain of salt, but I wrote a program that analyzes Citibike’s live data feed and generates usage by city / borough / neighborhood / station. From that data, I get, over the last three days (Fri May 31 – Sun Jun 2):

    – Manhattan is 40% more active than Brooklyn.
    – Brooklyn Heights is the second most popular Brooklyn neighborhood behind Williamsburg. BH is 34% more active than Brooklyn as a whole, 4% less active than Manhattan as a whole, and 1% more active than NYC as a whole.
    – “Boerum Hill” and “Park Slope” are also very active for Brooklyn, but since each neighborhood consists of only a single station, I’m not counting them.

    As for specific stations:

    – Clark & Henry is the most active, at 42% more usage than NYC as a whole.
    – Next is Clinton & Joralemon: +35%.
    – Third: Hicks & Montague: +30%.
    – Fourth: Atlantic & Furman (BBP): +29%.
    – Fifth: Henry & Atlantic: same as all NYC, 33% higher than average Brooklyn.

    – Only one station is below the Brooklyn average: Montague & Clinton

    Again, don’t interpret this data is gospel. But there it is. I can explain details behind it to anyone who’s interested.

  • Laurie

    Like every other picture I see, and the stations I have passed by, nearly every single bike is there. If this city is going to justify this ridiculous use of space and the gross inconvenience that this program causes to the majority of 8.3 million residents and millions who commute into NYC and visit it each day, usage is going to have to be WAY up on these bikes, like 90% the majority of the time. Otherwise, how the hell is this a justification of another means of public transport. Compare the numbers on subways, busses and cab use vs destroying quality of life with these bike stations. I highly doubt this is an effective Idea for this city.

  • Laurie

    This city also thrives on visitors who drive in from other areas, who come to visit people who live in the city and an enormous amount of commercial traffic. These people occupy spaces, need to park or double park vehicles and this is not the kind of traffic that this bike program can replace. In fact the bike program in this city will replace almost NO regular vehicular traffic. If fewer than 50% of NY’ers own a car and the ones that do, quite obviously do not take their cars out to drive around the city for 20 blocks, then the whole argument of another public transport option, cutting down on pollution and traffic is completely shot, is it not? Again, if people want bikes for joy rides, buy ’em or rent ’em. Stop destroying everyone’s quality of life because you want to pretend you still live in the small town you grew up in.

  • Laurie

    How exactly? Because the 8.3 million residents and tens of millions of commuters and visitors had no way to get anywhere before. They just magically arrive in the city and then sit down on the sidewalk all confused about how to move? That’s why everyone comes here, because there is so much to see, but then no one can see anything because they never had Citi Bikes and had no way to get around.

  • Mark Lyon

    Laurie: If you like, you can see historical usage of each station at – just click on the one that interests you. I’ve also attached charts from the past 24 hours before this post as an image.

    The system is getting significant usage. On Sunday, there were 14,933 rides with an average duration of 25 min 42 sec. Since the system opened, its 27,678 members have ridden more than 201,937 miles (via

    I’m uncertain how the availability of an additional transit option destroys your quality of life. Is a rack blocking your ability to park at the front door of your building, causing you to choose another location for your personal use?

  • Laurie

    Because people are either local and walk there or if I live on the upper east side and am meeting a friend in Chelsea at a restaurant, I take the friggin subway. Nearly no one in their right mind is going to use these bikes to really get around. Population 8.3 million, commuter population increases to 20 million, I don’t know estimates on visitors/tourists. 6,000 bikes amidst these numbers is just plain stupid. The amount of space these bike stations take up is utterly insane in a city that is bursting at the seams already. Not enough bang for the buck so to speak.

  • Chris

    Here’s proof of PB’s account of the sequence of events: same car, before the Citi Bike restocking:

  • petercow

    And all the bikes gone on a day when it rained. And in the first week of the program.

    A raging failure.. clearly!

  • PB

    Laurie, I think you’re falling victim to the status quo.

    You say “The amount of space these bike stations take up is utterly insane in a city that is bursting at the seams already.”

    That’s EXACTLY the point. In a city bursting at the seams the answer isn’t to dedicate every possible square inch to cars. The answer is to offer a variety of options to suit a variety of needs.

    While you may not choose to use the system, over 30,000 people already have and it’s only been around for a week. I can’t wait to see how popular it is a year after it launches.

  • PB

    Laurie, you say: “In fact the bike program in this city will replace almost NO regular vehicular traffic.”

    This is simply false. People have already used the bikes countless times in place of taxi rides or riding an MTA bus. Every single time they’ve done that they’ve replaced “regular vehicular traffic”. Just one example is this tweet:

    …which reads: “Two rides on citibike share today saved me taxi fares worth one-third of annual membership fee”

  • Arch Stanton

    Of course you don’t show any evidence whatsoever to support your emotionally driven theory.

  • PB

    Laurie, if you took the time to read one of my comments below you’d know that on the day this photo was taken the rack started completely full but by late morning only had *2* bikes in it.

    The rack is full when this photo was taken in mid- afternoon because the Citibike program had a truck come by and restock the rack with bikes.

    (Note that in the future the manual distribution of bikes will still be required, but less so. It will take some time for the system to “balance” itself like the living organisim that it is.)

    More important than debating the status of this particular bike rack, can you explain how these bikes are “destroying” your quality of life? Do they honk loudly outside your window the way a cab does? Do they idle and fill your lungs with diesel fumes the way an MTA bus does? Do they make your bedroom shake and vibrate every 7 minutes the way the subway does to my bedroom? Do they do all 3 on a daily basis the way the cars on the BQE do?

    Please, do explain how these bike racks “destroy” your quality of life. I’m genuinely curious.

  • Arch Stanton

    Are you aware Bike Share systems are successful in two hundred cities around the world?

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  • Arch Stanton

    You are right the city is “bursting at the seams already” Cars take up much more room than bicycles. 6-8 bikes can fit into the space formerly occupied by one car. Humm… a car that has one owner vs. several bikes that anyone can use. That sounds like a much more efficient use of space to me.

  • Joe A

    Silly nonsense from a hysterical naysayer. Did you even do a modicum of research before flapping your lips? How did the car park there if the bike rack is always nearly full Einstein? Do you understand that the City would know exactly how many bikes are at each station and periodically re-stocks the racks that are empty as happened n this case? Are you aware that city after city is providing a bike share program and they are enormously successful. Are you aware that NYC has already surpassed use age to the second largest bike share program in Washington DC?

    No, I didn’t think so.

  • Joe A

    Well this is an additional way to get around and that will help businesses without a doubt.

    Already, in the short time the program has been operational, over 65,000 trips have been taken and more than 200,000 miles traveled.

    It is already a huge success and will only grow despite the screaming naysayers like yourself. Poor Laurie.

  • petercow

    Almost no spaces were at metered spots – and those that were, the vendor has to compensate the city.

  • MonroeOrange

    It wasn’t me….i swear! though it’s pretty funny!