New York City residents who weigh over 260 pounds and are hoping to use the city's new bike share program expected to launch later this spring are outta luck.
The city now joins London, Boston and Washington, D.C. in banning obese people from using city bikes due to claims that the bikes cannot withstand weight constraints that are higher, the New York Post reports.
The Department of Transportation claims the weight limit for the Citi Bike program was set due to a recommendation from the manufacturer of the 40 pound bikes.
Oregon-based Alta Bicycle Share claims the bikes can break under excess weight, yet many bike shop owners say the weight limit is bogus.
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The city also claims it won't actively enforce the weight limit.
“I think people will be self-selecting, practical and safe,” says city policy director Jon Orcutt.
Naturally, this news has caused a bit of stir in NYC where some point to the hypocritical nature of a city that bans largeRead More »from New York City bike share program bans ‘obese’ riders