Several months into the transportation experiment, three bike-share companies have already scattered some 4,000 bikes around the city. And, boy, are they scattered.
My recent sketches of dockless bikes strewn about the city seemed to touch a nerve with some readers. Many left comments on the post itself. Others sent their feedback via email, including some photographs of bikemaggedon’s aftermath that I thought you’d like to see. (If you want your photo included, please send it to me at the email address below.)
“The photo was taken near the intersection of 21st Avenue West & West Emerson Place. The roads that are the border of southwest corner of Fisherman’s Terminal. Just across the street to the east of Cafe Appassionato. The bus stop on West Emerson Place and the the south entrance to the Government Locks have become at times the repository for people leaving dozens of bikes that then sit for weeks. What I think has sadly happened is we didn’t teach the users on the etiquette how to properly leave the bikes after use. I’ve seen too many sidewalks left impassable with bikes strewn about. I can’t imagine how someone with a wheelchair or walker would deal with blocked sidewalks and an inability to move these heavy pieces of equipment.”—Kevin Clark
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“It seems to me that if the bike-share companies have enough time to ‘seed’ areas to ‘bike-tease’ prospective riders, these same bike-share companies should be required to locate (I’m sure their GPS data tells them where they are) and pick up excess bikes and restage unused bikes.”—Richard Baron
“I noticed four bikes in front of the restaurant at Evo in the 3500 block of Stone Way North. Here, incidentally, you’ll note that four floating bikes waiting for riders have totally taken up the space for bikes provided by the bike rack, so that the one cyclist who probably actually rode to the location ends up parking in such a way as to block the sidewalk.” —Douglas MacDonald