Re: Citi Bike
Posted by bodhipooh on 2017/12/27 14:07:21
Hey, have any of you regular users of the Citibike system in Jersey City noticed that there seem to be many fewer bikes than usual the last couple weeks?
I just did a quick survey on the online station map, and counted 198 bikes in 52 stations in JC. There are also a number of bikes out on rides at any given moment, but on a ~20F day, not… hundreds.
When the program expanded in 2016 the fleet size was stated as 500 bikes (up from the original system of 350 bikes + 35 stations).
My guess is the operator took some bikes out of circulation, anticipating lower demand over the winter, but I think they went too far. The stations I use most frequently often have 0 or 1 or 2 bikes available. I’m trying to figure out how to contact the operator (Motivate) in a meaningful way about this… maybe it’s best to raise the issue with the city / mayor’s office?
Your answer is in your last paragraph: the operator withdraws a certain amount of bikes during Winter because of lower demand, to prevent damage from exposure to harsh elements (lower temperatures, snow, sand, etc) and to perform routine maintenance on some bikes. You can provide feedback via the CitiBike website. Not sure how the city would be any help, other than acting as a go between to relay your message.
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