Full Pedal Racket

  • Aired:  06/06/13
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A helmet-optional bike sharing program provides moneymaking opportunities for enterprising New Yorkers. (3:27)

>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO THE

DAILY SHOW!

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

BOOM!

LISTEN, FOR THE NEXT-- THANK

YOU VERY MUCH, FOR THE NEXT

22 MINUTES OR SO I WILL BE

THE HOST OF THIS DAMN

PROGRAM.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT, YOU

KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF

IMPORTANT STORIES IN THE

WORLD RIGHT NOW.

AND I THINK I CAN SPEAK FOR

EVERYBODY, ONE OF THE MOST

IMPORTANT STORIES IS

HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN NEW

YORK CITY.

>> AN AMBITIOUS PLAN

ALLOWING NEW YORKERS TO

SHARE BIKES BEGINS TODAY IN

THE BIG APPLE.

STARTS WITH 6,000 SHINE EYE

NEW BIKES STATIONED IN

MANHATTAN AN BROOKLYN.

HALF HALF:

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: 6,000 SHINY NEW

BIKES, BY TOMORROW, 3,000,

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING

ABOUT?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WELL, A BICYCLE SHARE,

THAT'S AN INTERESTING IDEA.

WHERE DOES THAT IDEA COME

FROM.

>> THEY'RE ON THE STREETS OF

PARIS, BARCELONA AND

MONTREAL, AND NOW NEW YORK

CITY.

>> Jon: OH MY GOD!

WE HAVE BASICALLY IMPORTED

EUROPE'S MOST BORING IDEA.

(LAUGHTER)

YEAH, I GOT AN IDEA, WHY

DON'T YOU KEEP YOUR [BLEEP]

LOUVRE AND WHATEVER YOUR

PROGRESSIVE ATTITUDE IS

TOWARDS SEXUAL FREEDOM, JUST

GIVE US YOUR [BLEEP] BIKE,

THAT'S ALL WE WANT.

WE WANT TO PEDAL AROUND A

LITTLE BIT AND SEE WHAT WE

CAN DO THERE.

WE DON'T WANT YOUR HEALTH

CARE, WE JUST WANT THOSE

[BLEEP].

FIRST OF ALL.

THE IDEA OF NEW YORKERS

SHARING ANYTHING OTHER THAN

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED

DISEASES--

(LAUGHTER)

>> IS BACK ADO.

-- WACKADOO.

HOW DOES IT WORK.

>> THE PROGRAM LAUNCHED FOR

ANNUAL MEMBERS LAST WEEK

WITHOUT PAY $95 A YEAR FOR

UNLIMITED 45 MINUTE RIDES.

>> Jon: RECEIPT ME STOP YOU

RIGHT THERE.

WHAT IS AN UNLIMITED 45

MINUTE RIDE.

BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE THE

LIMIT IS 45 MINUTES.

LIKE PROMISING THREE MINUTE

ETERNITY.

LADIES.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

DID I SAY 3, I WAS THINKING

OF THE METRIC SYSTEM, IT'S

REALLY ONLY-- I THINK IT

TRANSLATES TO ONE AND A

HALF.

BUT WHO KNOWS?

THIS COULD BE GREATMENT

MAYBE THESE 6,000 NEW

BICYCLISTS ON MANHATTAN

STREETS EVERY DAY ARE MORE

SKILLED AND SAVVY THAN WE

THINK.

HOW'S IT GOING.

>> NOT EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO

RIDE.

THAT'S WHY VOLUNTEERS ARE

RUNNING FREE WORKSHOPS LIKE

THIS ONE.

>> HELMETS ARE ENCOURAGED

BUT NOT REQUIRED.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

GOING TO DIE.

(LAUGHTER)

NO, THAT SOUNDS-- SO THEY'RE

LEARNING HOW TO BIKE AND

THEY DON'T HAVE TO WEAR

HELMETS.

WAIT A MINUTE, THAT GIVES ME

A MONEYMAKING IDEA.

NO, NO, NO, I SAID

MONEYMAKING.

YEAH!

GRAY MAT CERTIFICATE NO

MATTER WHAT JOHNNIE SUE'S

STREET BRAIN REMOVAL

SERVICE.

THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS

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