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Riding Away From a Bar Crawl with Citi Bikes

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Bike sharing inevitably leads to drunk bike sharing. Awwww yeah!!!

It's not illegal to bike drunk in New York?!

But is it illegal? Technically, no. While cycling under the influence is not explicitly against the law in New York City, a drunk rider can be charged with disorderly conduct or reckless endangerment, just as a pedestrian can. The program’s user agreement prohibits riding “under the influence of any alcohol, drugs, medication or other substance,” but no one’s handing out breath testers at docking stations.

Likewise, there is no way of knowing how many of the 245,000 riders have done so while inebriated. But while there has only been a handful of Citi Bike injuries reported, anecdotal evidence and post-pub interviews suggest it has started to become a hazard of night life.

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