|From Diario en Bici|
I have no empirical studies to back up what I’m about say: The popularity of Citibike, New York’s bike-share program, has continued into the winter. Granted, I don’t see as many people riding those blue bikes as I did during the summer or even in November. But I still see fair number of them: sometimes more than I see “civilian” cyclists.
If my perception is indeed accurate, it bodes well for the program. I can think of two possible explanations for what I’ve seen. One might be that New York residents who don’t own bikes but have yearly memberships are trying to make as much use of them as they can. The other could be that more and more visitors to the city see going for a bike ride as a requisite experience, much as other tourists (or, perhaps, they themselves), might see going to museums, galleries, plays or concerts, shopping, eating foods they might not find at home or—incredibly—going for a horse-and-carriage ride in Central Park.
I’ve never checked out a Lonely Planet, Routard or Let’s Go! guide to the Big Apple. I wonder whether they’re telling people that pedaling through the urban canyons is a “must” for one’s stay in my hometown.