New York Post Takes Credit for Removal of Eight Bike-Rack Spots

In this Wednesday, May 1, 2013 photo, docks for a new bike share program stand empty on MacDougal Street in New York. This month, New York will join the ranks of Paris, London, Madrid and Washington by enacting its first-ever bike share program.
Photo: Bebeto Matthews/Corbis

The NIMBYism inspired by the installation of the city’s empty bike-share racks has already led to lawsuits and a few small victories: 8 of 31 slots were reportedly removed from “a bike-share rack blocking the front of a West Village co-op — just hours after The Post called the Department of Transportation over complaints that an ambulance crew had trouble getting to a 92-year-old resident in distress.” (DoT said the EMTs had “no trouble.”) Elsewhere in the West Village, a station was moved across the street after neighbors complained “it looked like Times Square” because of the racks. “I still don’t like the color of the bikes,” one local griped, even after winning. “It doesn’t fit the neighborhood, but we have to pick our battles.” Noble causes only.

Bike-Share Complaints Continue in West Village