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In Times of Crisis, Bikeshare Rolls On

When transit systems stumble, municipal bikesharing services can keep commuters moving — if cities know how to plan properly.

A Boston cyclist passes by the Copley Square shuttle drop-off on Aug. 22, after the MBTA shut down the Orange Line for service repairs.

A Boston cyclist passes by the Copley Square shuttle drop-off on Aug. 22, after the MBTA shut down the Orange Line for service repairs.

Photograph: Carlin Stiehl for the Boston Globe via Getty Images

The day after Hurricane Ida dumped a historic amount of rain on New York City last September, I, like so many others, had to figure out a way to work.

My usual option was a no-go: Submerged in water, segments of the subway system were still down. The bus, my back-up, slugged through traffic over the Queensboro Bridge. Once I got to Manhattan, I hopped off and ran for a third, quicker option: a royal-blue Citi Bike.