Even though it’s just a year old, New Yorkers are still pretty excited about Citi Bike obviously. Not only are people riding the bikes to within the (limited) system of docking stations, residents of neighborhoods like Crown Heights, Brownsville and East New York are riding the bike share bikes there on one-way trips. Sure, you might be (and police definitely are) looking at this as stealing public property from a financially imperiled transportation system. We prefer to look on the bright side: Everyone wants Citi Bikes!
The Post had the story on Citi Bikes turning up abandoned in Brooklyn’s “worst neighborhoods,” with 67 bikes collected by police in Crown Heights, Brownsville and East New York so far. Even a police source telling the Post “The first time we saw it, we thought it was kinda funny,” before theorizing that the bicycle thief probably just didn’t want to wait for a long train ride home. In Crown Heights, police apparently ran out of room to store the bikes while they wait for Citi Bike employees to pick them up, so they put the bikes in jail cells, which is almost an allegory for the city’s relationship with cyclists if you get high and really think about it.
The bikes are stolen most of the time after people improperly dock them, so make sure you do that next time you take one out, or you’re gonna be paying $1,200 for someone else’s ride home on a big blue bike.