Probably the best way to help overweight people lose weight is by not allowing them to participate in athletic activities that would aid them in losing weight. Oh. Wait. That makes no sense at all! Nonetheless, people over 260 pounds are not allowed to participate in the new bike sharing program in New York.

According to the New York Post: 

It is “prohibited” for any rider who weighs more than 260 pounds to sign up for the soon-to-launch initiative — prompting backlash from riders who say the fat-shaming rule is enough to make them fly off the handle.

Everyone who signs up for the program has to agree to a contract, which states users “must not exceed maximum weight limit (260 pounds)” because the bikes can’t hold that much heft.

Would-be riders called the rule unfair, saying the 40-pound cruisers are plenty sturdy…several bike shop owners also agreed the weight limit was bogus.

I’m inclined to think that it’s excellent that New York is starting a bike-sharing program because that is the kind of thing that cuts down on obesity. If that’s the intent, then you have to open to program up to the people who have the most opportunity to benefit from it. I think that The Post sums things up pretty well when they say:

“If you’re 260 pounds or 300 pounds and want to ride a bike, you should be allowed to. You’re making a choice to live healthier and to lose weight,” said Jhoskaira Ferman, a 20-year-old student from Pelham Bay, Bronx.


Right. Yes. Exactly that.

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