NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An audit of New York’s bike share program reveals spotty maintenance, poor cleanliness and defective parking stations.
That’s what city Comptroller Scott Stringer reported Thursday in his review of New York City Bike Share — the largest such program in the country.
Its 6,000 two-wheelers are seen all over Manhattan each day.
As of last August, Citi Bike riders took about 34,000 rides per day, making the program what Stringer calls a “critical component of our transportation network.”
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However, the comptroller said improvements must be made to comply with the New York City Department of Transportation.
In addition to problems with maintenance, cleanliness and docking stations, Stringer said the bikes are not adequately inspected.
“New York City Bike Share’s management of Citi Bike left too many New Yorkers in the lurch,” Stringer said. “While Citi Bike has become part of our urban landscape, auditors found that the bike sharing program’s spotty maintenance, poorly-cleaned bikes and substandard docking stations inconvenienced riders and discouraged growth in the system.”