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Bike Thieves Beware: Phila Streets Department is Stealing Bikes Too
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Bike Thieves Beware: Phila Streets Department is Stealing Bikes Too

Philadelphia Streets department is removing abandoned bicyclesLooks like the city is continuing to “Unlitter Us!” – this time with damaged bikes clogging up the racks.

The Philadelphia Streets Department announced that they’re removing “abandoned’ bicycles throughout Center City & surrounding areas starting in early summer.  “Abandoned bikes” are classified as:

  • Missing or damaged parts
  • In unusable condition
  • Have been locked in same location for 1 month or more

Citizens can call the city’s 311 tipline to report abandoned bikes, providing info with location of bike & ‘distinguishing details’.

To avoid taking wrong bikes, the City will tag bikes 1 week before the scheduled removal to allow owners to remove their bikes.  Therefore, those of you with shitty/dilapidated bikes or storing your 70’s Schwinn on the same rack endlessly (who just flipped off that driver…) may want to check on your bikes to check for a marking or added slip.  These bike cleanups will occur twice per year.

For those of you who purposely abandoned your bike, don’t worry – they will be donated to local charities for refurbishment.

 

Pic courtesy of Cycle There

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Julie Hancher
Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher
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