One of the things we heard about bike share, before it was foisted upon us by the bike lobby, was that it would flood the streets with inexperienced cyclists who would kill themselves like so many lemmings. Well, the bike lobby can put another
notch in its belt link in its chain, because after 5 months, bike share is fatality free. Way to go, everyone!
On the one hand, it doesn’t sound like much an accomplishment. On the other hand, it’s very easy to be hit by a car, even if you’re an experienced rider. So with all the miles ridden, you’d figure the law of averages would dictate someone dies. Well, the law of averages is a fallacy, and looking out for people to die is weird, so it’s a good thing everyone’s alive, we’d say. Oh, and no one riding a Citi Bike has killed anyone either. Great job everyone, Blast fax kudos all around.
John Liu still wants there to be a mandatory helmet rule for cyclists using Citi Bike, which we could possibly get behind. Mostly for their own sake. Even if you don’t splash your brains on the sidewalk, a concussion for a crash is no joke. You’ll feel like hell for at least a week. And more importantly, despite there being no aura of death surrounding the bikes, we still agree with the notion that they’d be good for our dystopian future.