Neighbors for Better Bike Share Stations
I am shocked – shocked! – to learn that a very small number of people are opposed to the placement of bike share stations.
“Jacques Capsouto, 68, says he fears the bike station will take away parking spaces and block the entrance to his Capsouto Freres bistro on Washington Street.”
Capsouto also complained that “stations would make it more difficult for garbage trucks to pick up trash.”
Like the absurd argument that empty bike lanes are dangerous to cross because of all the cyclists using the bike lane, Capsouto presents two opposing things that can not be true at the same time. How can it be that a docking station will block the entrance to his business or make it hard for DSNY to pick up trash when the cars that were parked there before did not? If the docking station replaced parking spaces, then cars already blocked the entrance and the curb! On the other hand, if the docking station replaced a no standing or loading zone, then the fear of losing parking has no basis in a reality that remained unchanged until yesterday.
You don’t have to love or even understand bicycle sharing, but you do have to live in the world of logical consistency if you want a seat at the table. You can either be upset over the loss of parking spaces OR you can be upset over a blocked entrance. Pick one.