Paris, D.C. and Montreal already have them, Boston, Ottawa and London are working on getting them, so what is New York City waiting for to get in on the bike-sharing? Not much, apparently, as Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday during a conversation with bike activists. The New York Post reports that the mayor thinks implementing such a program — whereby bikes can be picked up at a station, ridden to and dropped off at another — would be “ideal” for the city, which pretty much jives with the city’s current pro-bike streak.
Of course, saying something is a good fit and actually making it fit are two very different things, and this by no means suggests that New York will actually get a bike-share program. Still, assuming the Bloomberg monarchy lives to implement this vague campaign promise, what should the bike-share program be called? The system in Montreal, Boston and London is called Bixi (pictured), Paris has Vélib’ and other cities have things called CityByke, B-cycle, Smoove, Vélomagg’ and Vélopop’. Besides, if we give it a cute name, how could Bloomberg possibly cancel it? I propose Nyxi. Anyone got something better?