I'm a big fan of the concept of public transit. I'm not always a big fan of the execution. New York City has a fantastic system for the most part. You can go almost anywhere you want to go, 24 hours days, 365 days a week. There are not many cities that can probably lay claim to such a service schedule.
However the benefits in NYC do come at a price - an increasing price that at least in recent years does not seem to result in noticeable differences in service. Although I love the access of the NYC subway, it is probably the dirtiest subway system on the face of the planet. What makes it worse is that since I have lived in NYC, ticket prices have increased 30%, but I have no idea where that money goes.
I would not mind paying extra if the result was cleaner stations and trains, working escalators, and more station attendants, however service only seems to get worse. The utter stupidity of people is one obvious problem. I cannot fathom what goes through someones mind when they spit their gum on a subway platform.
Anyway, I actually don't ride the subway very often which gets to the point of the post. I much prefer riding my bike to riding the subway. I recently spotted this bike and the owner is responding to the recent news that once again subway fares are increasing.
Upon closer examination you can clearly see the selling points.