The Post eagerly reported this morning that a 92-year-old man very nearly lost his life after helpless emergency workers became lost in a labyrinth of Citi Bike racks as they tried to rescue the ailing nonagenarian from the 20th floor of his Greenwich Village co-op building.
“The ambulance couldn’t even come up to the building," Lee Liss, the victim's wife, told the tabloid. "The ambulance couldn’t get to him. These bike racks are a detriment.”
“With great difficulty they managed to get the guy out,” said Dave Marcus, vice president of the Cambridge co-op board, adding that the racks formed none other than an "impregnable wall.”
But a quick call to the fire department revealed that this simply wasn't the case—not by a long shot, said Frank Gribbon, an FDNY spokesperson.
"The fire units on scene had absolutely no problem accessing this building," he said. Well, surely paramedics have had trouble maneuvering around other Citi Bike kiosks?
"There have been no problems," Gribbon said, exasperated. "None."
The Cambridge, located at 175 W. 13th St., last week filed a lawsuit against Citi Bike, saying that the 39-space docking station was supposed to go on the south side of West 13th Street but was instead stalled on the north side—an "eleventh-hour switch of locations" that represents a "false and deceptive report."
Here's a photo of the Cambridge before the arrival of Wicked Citi Bike. I guess that barrier of cars was there for protection against wild animals?