Some New Yorkers may not be able to take advantage of the city's much awaited bike-share program.
A contract for users of the new program states that riders must not exceed 260 lbs. because the bikes can't handle the weight, the New York Post reports, sparking anger among some city residents.
“That’s bogus. 260 pounds isn’t going to break the bike,” Juleissy Lantigua, 19, told the Post. “To me, that’s discrimination. And I’m not easily offended!”
Department of Transportation policy director John Orcutt told the Post that the restriction will not be strictly enforced and he believes users will make practical and safe decisions. The restriction is in place at the manufacturer's recommendation, he added.
Bike share programs in other cities have the same restriction, the Post reports.