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The City is Going to Be Removing Abandoned Bikes

If you've had your bike locked up in the same on-street location for a while, now might be a good time to move it.

If you see someone attacking a bike lock with an angle grinder at some point over the course of the next month or so, there will be a better-than-usual chance that they’re not just an incredibly brazen thief. The City announced yesterday that it’s going to be removing abandoned bikes from city streets during the next few weeks.

“Abandoned,” by the City’s definition, usually means a bike that isn’t in rideable condition and that has been locked in the same place for a long period of time—generally more than a month. The City’s press release says workers will be removing bikes that are “clearly abandoned,” but that neglected bikes that look as though they may not be totally forsaken will be taken away only after seven days’ notice, to be given in the form of a little note stapled around the frame.

They do this every year. We’d have nothing to lock our bikes to except other, rustier bikes if they didn’t.