It’s Week 2 of Citi Bike Share and most folks have already gotten used to those blue spoked devils. As a matter of fact, life is almost getting back to normal. That is unless you’re the NY Post, the Daily News, a Gothamist writer, some residents of 150 Joralemon or Kim Velsey of the New York Observer. In a piece entitled Stay Classy, Brooklyn Heights: Residents Stage Puerile, Trashy Attack On Bike Share the latter writes about the recent Citi Bike dust up on Joralemon Street in such a manner that bike lovers and haters might agree is a little over the top:
NYO: Covering Citibikes in trash is a smug, sadistic act that benefits no one save residents who take pleasure from the discomfort and unhappiness of others—in this case sanitation workers and bike share users. Sanitation workers are, after all, the ones tasked with cleaning the garbage from the bikes. And if they fail to clean the bikes fast enough, program participants will be forced to sort through trash to get to the now-dirty bikes. Residents of the co-op are offended by having to look at a bike rack? Try having someone bury your means of transportation in trash out of spite.
Co-op resident Nina Hackler told The Post: “There just isn’t enough room. Something has to give—and this time, it’s the bikes.”
Anyone with that attitude doesn’t belong in New York City. Comprising, accommodating other people and things, handling disputes without resorting to throwing garbage at things you don’t like—those are essential requirements for being able to live in this or any other city. Anyone who can’t deal with the inconveniences of sharing space with 8 million other people in a civilized way should seriously consider leaving.