Roosevelt Island Bike Racks Cleared … So Cyclists Can Use Them

2009May_27_Space_Cleared.jpgPhoto: Roosevelt Island 360

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, as promised, has begun confiscating bikes left overnight on public bike racks near the subway and tram stations. Roosevelt Island 360 reports that 17 bikes were removed as of Wednesday, while three others were tagged with warning fliers (RIOC needed a "special tool," not immediately available, to remove locks from the tagged bikes).

An email exchange between RI 360 and the RIOC reveals that, as of yesterday, one bike had been claimed "without incident" from the island’s Department of Public Safety, where confiscated bikes are to be held 48 hours before being donated to a thrift store. Wrote public safety director Keith Guerra:

We are noticing that many residents have removed their bikes on their
own and there is now plenty of room for those that wish to use the bike
racks.

Gotta hand it to those Roosevelt Island bureaucrats: They sure have a way with words.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Roosevelt Islanders Denied Overnight Bike Parking [Updated]

|
Photo: Roosevelt Island 360 Just in time for Bike to Work Day: Cyclists on Roosevelt Island were informed by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation this week that bikes may no longer be parked on public racks overnight. Here’s the vaguely Orwellian RIOC memo from yesterday, care of Roosevelt Island 360: While we wish to encourage […]

Ask the RIOC: May I Park My Bike Tonight?

|
Mission accomplished? Plenty of room at the RI subway station rack. Photo: Roosevelt Islander It seems the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation has altered its policy prohibiting overnight bike rack parking. In an effort to keep them clear of abandoned bikes, the RIOC previously announced that any bike found on the public racks by the subway […]

Roosevelt Island Cyclists Given a Week to Clear Racks

|
Photo: Roosevelt Island 360 Following up on last week’s news from Roosevelt Island, where cyclists were informed that they would no longer be allowed to store bikes on public racks overnight, Roosevelt Island 360 reports that the warning signs are out. According to an e-mail from Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President Steve Shane, however, enforcement […]