Citi Bikes in NYC criticized

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Added On June 20, 2014

It has been more than a year after New York City launched its bike sharing system.
 
Though the Citi Bikes are favored by many as commuting tools, there is also mounting criticism for its malfunction. 
 
When launched a year ago, the Citi Bike program benefits many New York bikers, with lots of accessible locations and being cost efficient. 
 
However, a slew of problems have also been reported by bike users, including broken docks, empty racks, and non-working credit card system. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): BRYAN, New York resident
"I try to use it every day. Sometimes I am not able to unfortunately because these are very unreliable. Right now, I just came from 39th, there was no bike available, just two bikes, I couldn’t even like take it out for some reason some times, the system goes on and off, but I mean, other than that they are pretty good."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ADRIANA, New York resident
"I like it sometimes it doesn't work well, like sometimes like there is not enough bikes so you can't put it in. so it is kind of annoying. But overall I really like it."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): VICTORIA, New York resident
"Sometimes the stations don't work. You cannot park it, and you have to find another one, and sometimes you are out of time. This is a problem sometimes. Sometimes, you swipe the card, just doesn't work."
 
The Citi Bike system, operated by NYC Bike Share, features thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations around New York.
 
About 100,000 New Yorkers have already signed up for a yearly pass. 
 
But funding, and software issues have reportedly plagued the program that primarily sponsored by Citibank.