Ever since New York City rolled out it’s bike share service, Citi Bike, there has been a spate of anti-bike share stories (here’s the latest installment). I don’t understand the anger. I’m not being snarky here, but Boston has a similar system, Hubway, and it seems to be popular. There certainly isn’t the groundswell of anti-bike sharing that, at least to an outsider, is occurring in NYC.
The only thing I can think of is that the bike sharing stations, in Boston, aren’t located on residential streets, whereas in NYC, it seems that a fair number of the stations are located in front of residential buildings–and thus taking parking spots that ‘belong’ to residents. Perhaps if Hubway took up a bunch of spots in Southie* (which has a lot of cars and very little parking), there would be more complaints? Maybe? Dunno.
*South Boston has one station, at the west end of the neighborhood.