It’s been a while since I posted an update, and that’s mainly because it’s been a while since I rode a Citi Bike.
I had a pretty uneventful ride to work on August 11, up Eighth, cross 40th, and up Madison. No complaints for once.
Then, it was off for vacation, so no biking for me. I returned to work on Friday the 22nd of August. I took the subway to work that morning, but decided to try an experiment riding home–I had a couple errands to run and wanted to bike to the Sony Store on 55th and Madison, then bike down to the Best Buy on 5th and 44th, then bike to Times Square, and finally bike to Macy’s.
Since I had summer Fridays, I got out of the office at 3 PM. I figured, there’d be plenty of bikes available on 53rd and Madison, but there was only one lonely bike. I grabbed it and biked up to the Sony Store.
Plenty of bikes outside the Sony Store, so I picked one up and biked down 5th to 44th and docked my bike there.
I ran into the Best Buy and ran out and–you guessed it–by 3:30 ALL the bikes at the 44th and 5th station were gone. And so I had to walk the rest of the way.
Yet another sad story of Citi Bike not being there when I needed it. I’ll count this as a half-ride because I only got halfway to my destination. So my experiment failed–unless you’re sticking to only barren parts of the City, forget about using Citi Bike as a quick way to run errands.
Cost per ride: $95/35=$2.71/ride
Aggravation level: 7 of 10
Stress level: 2 of 10