Abandoned Bikes to be Confiscated in Phila.
Crews will be out in Philadelphia, tomorrow, to rid the streets of abandoned vehicles — but not motorized vehicles.
KYW’s Pat Loeb reports sanitation trucks will be hauling away derelict bicycles. The Bicycle Coalition’s summer “ambassadors” have been going around attaching tags to abandoned bikes, advising that they will be towed.
The Coalition’s education director Breen Goodwin says they look for tell-tale signs that a bike’s been cast off:
“They’ve been stripped of their brakes or their cables, the bikes are missing wheels, the frame is bent — maybe it’s been hit by something, a significant amount of rusting, maybe a chain has come off.”
Goodwin says the bike clean-up not only makes the city look better, it frees up much needed parking space:
“There is a lack, right now, of parking in Philadelphia for bicycles and anytime we can free up the space it’s a wonderful improvement.”
Goodwin says the usable parts of the towed bikes are donated to neighborhood bike works to be recycled.