Once upon a time (a few weeks ago), in a land far, far away (New York City), a bike-sharing program called Citi Bike Bike was launched, providing the people of the land with an inexpensive, healthy way to travel through the busy streets. And while many people thought it was good (over 20,000 people bought annual memberships in the first week of the launch) the trolls and ogres of the land did not. They began to screech and howl.
There was one particular evil troll, Dorothy Rabinowitz, sitting on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal (owned by the King Ogre himself, Rupert Murdoch) who howled loudly and rather incoherently as trolls are wont to do. It quickly became obvious to the people that the evil troll didn’t like cyclists or sharing by claiming that bicycles and an all-powerful bicycle lobby (where that lobby was when the Washington State senate made its transportation proposal is anyone’s guess) were “begriming” the land. She even went on to screech that bicycles were more of a threat to the land than taxis. So incensed was she, that her wrath conjured up a new word that every auto-correct in the land wanted to change to “befriend.” To this very day, no one but the trolls and ogres is sure what “begrimes” really means.
But despite the howling, the nascent NYC Citi Bike program hasn’t heralded the end of the world. Programs like it have been established in many other lands, including Portland, OR; Washington, DC; Denver, CO; and San Francisco, CA. And yet life continues to go on.
The moral of this story is… well there really isn’t one… except that when the trolls and ogres begin to screech and howl, it’s best to just laugh and keep on pedaling.