Capital Bikeshare made D.C. the poster child for bike sharing in the United States, a system that showed tentative and tremulous urban areas (like, say, just to pick one at random here: New York) how such programs could work.
New York launched its Citi Bike system last week, drawing some early praise and prompting this truly amazing reaction from Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz (we’d say more, but the all-powerful Bike Lobby might be listening).
Despite headaches and some angry locals, Citi Bike is off to an impressive start, with 30,000 annual members and more than 90,000 trips already taken on its bulky blue cycles. (Some of these numbers are a little weird, like this note from the official City of New York Twitter feed. Wake us when the bikes travel the distance between Earth and Neptune.)
With the New York Mets in town on Tuesday, the Nationals decided it was the perfect night to have the Racing Presidents use Bikeshare for that particular contest:
Perhaps they were also reminding them that while Citi Bike has more members than Bikeshare, New York is still trying to catch up. Nationals Park is near multiple Bikeshare stations; Citi Field, by comparison, is more than 7 miles from the nearest Citi Bike station.
[Thanks to our colleague Sarah Kogod at the DC Sports Bog for flagging this video.]