Stolen Citi Bikes Keep Turning Up Deep in Brooklyn

A man returns his Citi Bike bicycle to a station near Union Square as the bike sharing system is launched May 27, 2013 in New York. About 330 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn will have thousands of bicycles for rent.
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Since the NYC bike-share program only exists in gentrified neighborhoods (meaning well-off and white, generally), some riders are taking matters into their own hands. The New York Post reports that at least 67 lifted Citi Bikes have been found far from the docks, in neighborhoods like East New York, Brownsville, and Crown Heights. They’re not exactly inconspicuous. “The first time we saw it, I thought it was kinda funny,” said a police source. “We can only assume they’re taking them for joyrides or that the crook would rather take a bike than a train ride home.” For a struggling business, it’s probably just heartening to know there’s still some unmet demand.