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Jon Stewart Mocks NYC's New Bike Share Program, and Those Who Oppose It: VIDEO


On the last night before his hiatus, Jon Stewart thoroughly dissected the community outrage inspired by the new Citibike bike sharing program in NYC, raising an eyebrow of his own.

"First of all, the idea of New Yorkers sharing anything other than sexually-transmitted diseases is wack-a-doo."

And Al Madrigal was sent out on the street to gauge the crabby neighbor reaction.

Watch the hilarity go down, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. New York's Bike Share Is Brilliant, And Every Complaint About It Is Bogus.

    Posted by: I <3 Bikes In NYC | Jun 7, 2013 9:22:10 AM

  2. We've had them in DC for years. They're awesome.

    Posted by: erichinnw | Jun 7, 2013 9:34:58 AM

  3. Why the outrage? San Antonio, Texas has had a bike share program for two or three years without noticeable complaint, and we all know how intolerant of progressive change we are all here, now don't we?

    Posted by: David | Jun 7, 2013 10:03:39 AM

  4. As a New Yorker who has been riding around the City my whole life, I am happy that more people are biking.

    The hideious bike racks are a visual blight in my West Village hood.
    They are more an advertisement vehicle for Citi Bank than anything.

    The Suburbanization of NYC is complete. It's painful how banal they look.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jun 7, 2013 10:08:37 AM

  5. It's so funny to see these NYers flip out over these bikes! We've had them here in little ol' downtown Chattanooga TN for a year now and people love them! I would have thought that NY would have had them by now!? But then again Chattanooga has the fastest internet in the Western Hemisphere ( Chatt's knicknamed "the Gig City") so I guess we are a little ahead of NY in at least a few respects. Now if we could only get married here...

    Posted by: Chrisme | Jun 7, 2013 10:16:37 AM

  6. Loved the contrast between the two groups. Awful rich people looking for things to whine about. Poor hoodrats looking for something to have fun with.

    Posted by: Jesse | Jun 7, 2013 10:53:16 AM

  7. NYC doesn't have much of a middle class.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 7, 2013 11:18:44 AM

  8. I saw this all over Europe. I see no reason it can't work here.

    Posted by: db | Jun 7, 2013 11:22:54 AM

  9. People were skeptical when it was rolled out in Minneapolis a few years ago, but it's been ridiculously successful -- and the stations here are only deployed for 7 months out of the year.

    Posted by: brennigans | Jun 7, 2013 12:02:42 PM

  10. "The Suburbanization of NYC is complete. It's painful how banal they look."

    It's painful how pretentious you sound. But really, WTF does a bike share program have to do with suburbs? Do you mean gentrification?

    Posted by: brennigans | Jun 7, 2013 12:06:15 PM

  11. No, brennagans, this may be difficult for someone from bland fly over land to comprehend; but the ugly dreadful design of the Citi Ad slash bike racks are terrible.

    You may have spent too much time inside Malls to even notice such things.

    Biking is great.

    Bad Soviet Era design filling up New York City streets is not.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jun 7, 2013 12:27:52 PM

  12. LOL @ Mike. If you have to tear down other parts of the country to support your argument, you probably don't have much an argument at all. Or was the purpose of your comment to show us how much of a tool you can be?

    Posted by: Jesse | Jun 7, 2013 12:56:42 PM

  13. NYC doesn't have much of a middle class.

    Posted by: anon

    Sure it does: they just have a lower standard of living.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 7, 2013 1:12:12 PM

  14. I live in NYC. At first I wondered if anyone would actually use the bikes, but to my surprise, many people are!

    Posted by: Jem (truly outrageous) | Jun 7, 2013 2:06:03 PM

  15. Capital Bikeshare in Washington, DC is honestly one of the best things that has happened to transportation since our subway system first opened in the 70's ... It's an amazing resource and I use it all the time. Why wait on a bus/train or pay for a cab when you can just check out a bike, ride it home, and check it into the station by your house? Fresh air and exercise. Jon Stewart is way off on this one.

    Posted by: reality | Jun 7, 2013 2:44:27 PM

  16. dear Towleroad, did you even bother to watch the segment? He's not mocking the bike share program, only the idiots who oppose it.
    We've had the same bike share program here in Boston for 3 years now, and it's been a huge success.

    Posted by: Jennifer | Jun 7, 2013 4:03:03 PM

  17. OMG. Is the Towleroad troll really Dorothy Rabinowitz?

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Jun 7, 2013 7:33:35 PM

  18. I used a bikeshare during a visit to Brisbane, Australia last year and couldn't believe how easy and convenient it was. For those that think the NYC racks and bikes are ugly, try looking at the Brisbane one. Their primary sponsor is Lipton, so everything is bright bright yellow.

    NYC is not as special as some of its residents seem to think.

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Jun 10, 2013 8:28:26 AM

  19. We've had Hubway in Boston since 2011. DC and Montreal had bike share even before that. It's been overwhelmingly popular. Those NYC curmudgeons will get over their cyclist ennui and deal with the eventual success.

    Posted by: Jonny | Jun 10, 2013 2:25:09 PM

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