We’re pretty excited about New York City’s new bike share, which we think will be good for the city and good for New Yorkers. But some superstitious residents near the United Nation’s Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza are calling foul on the Citibike program, saying it could be used by “terrorists.”
Because, you know, their proprietary parts and slow speeds are really dangerous, or something. Cars are better?
At a recent Community Board 6 meeting, one resident raised concerns about the availability of bikes in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, telling DNAinfo that it reminded him of a 2008 terrorist attack in Jaipur, India in which attackers used bikes to house explosives. “Because it appears that bombs inserted on or in bike parts could become a tool of global terrorists in our city under a citywide massive bike program,” said Dr. David Gootnik.
A DOT spokesperson responded with a completely logical retort, “Bikes have been available to the general public for the last century and a half, so it’s unclear why this would come up today.”
The UN Secretary General himself, Ban Ki-Moon said “I am very happy to know that when your new bike-share system is launched next month, there will be bike stations here in our neighborhood.
Ki-Moon even lauded DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan, saying “you and Mayor Bloomberg are making the city that never sleeps the city that always bikes.”
Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza is the site of recurring protests and even farmers markets. CB6 is in discussion with the NYPD about the appropriateness of Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza as bikeshare location.