Amazing video/photo bomb by the #mets. Happy to make this my first Instagram video. #kirkniewenhuis #kevinburkhardt #jeremyhefner (at Ceti Alpha V)
"[Citibike docking stations are placed in] the most expensive downtown neighborhoods like SoHo and TriBeCa and have a median household income of about $73,000 compared with $48,300 in the rest of the city… The population of bike-share neighborhoods is 56% white, while the rest of the city is 30.6% white.
Seth Solomonow, a spokesman for the city’s transportation commissioner, said it is ‘absurd’ to focus on the demographics of populations not near docking stations…”
Seth Solomonow also concluded that it was ‘absurd’ to put schools near docking stations. “If you can’t ride a bike to school, whose going to go anyway?” He said. “The city could save a huge amount of money if we would just stop funding the schools placed in areas without Citibike Docking Stations.” He also went on to question the work of the Department of Environmental Protection, “do we really need water where people won’t be biking? Why would those individuals be thirsty? A human is something like 102% water, unless you’re sweating a lot — on your citibike — why would you need to put more water in? I think if the city continued to provide people who aren’t biking with water a lot of these people are in serious danger of popping.”
When asked if there was anything Solomonow thought we should provide the people who don’t live near Citibike Docking Stations, he concluded “maybe more prisons. These folks aren’t going anywhere, so maybe it’s just best if we keep them exactly where they are. Just so everyone is accounted for, you know?” He mulled over his thoughts for a moment before adding, “we could also give them some kind of counseling. I’m in favor of rehabilitation and perhaps we could help the individuals realized the error of their ways that led them to living in a place without Citibike Docking Stations.”
One reporter questioned the spokesman’s logic, suggesting that maybe not every citizen knew what neighborhoods would have access to the Bike Share program before they moved to their current home. Solomonow appreciated this reporters ‘fantastic scenario’ but concluded, “look, the city can’t catch everyone. We try to cast as wide a safety net as we can, but we just can’t save everyone from themselves. All I can say is that some people are gonna slip through the cracks and while it’s our job to fill in those cracks. You know, it’s just impossible to- you know what I’m saying.”
Finally when asked if later Bike Share program might be expanded to neighborhoods currently not covered Solomonow joked, “what neighborhoods are those?” He laughed. “Based on the next census, which will only focus on the demographics of neighborhoods inside the bike-share program, there will be no neighborhoods outside of it at all, so we won’t need to expand.”
I wanted the shirt with the Enterprise on it, but they didn’t have it in my size. The guy who worked at the counter suggested this shirt. Recognizing my apprehension he said, “I don’t want to force you into a red shirt-” To which I replied, “No, I am a red shirt. We can’t escape our fate.”