Are Bikes Destroying New York City?



Last year I published a letter in the New York Post about my grievances against Citibike.  At that time I wrote “A few bikes will do nothing for the environment and will cause a lot of injuries….”


Then I was writing about Citibike in Dumbo Brooklyn.  It was an eye soar in that mediocre neighborhood.


Now I am spreading the criticism of Citibike to the New York Daily News and Eagle Rising.  Citibike strikes again at E. 72nd Street between Park Ave. and Madison like wheeled locusts. These bikes look cheap, corny and ugly.  The bikes are oddly a hundred feet from 740 Park Ave, the richest building the world.


My neighborhood is  one of the stodgier, classier neighborhoods in New York and bikes fit in like a stainless steel spoon in a sterling silver dinner setting.


There is no reason to uglify the city just because environmentalists imagine that more bikes will cool the global warming. They are rarely climatologists while I am aesthete who knows a little about city planning.


Give me my streets back.  Move Citibike to a shelter with the homeless who occasionally  crap at the bus stop on Madison Ave.  How are we going to attract tourists to our city when it is falling apart?

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David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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