Bikes from the Bike Share program off the shores of Beach Drive

This morning, Scupper spied bikes from a couple of Seattle’s bike share programs that were tossed over the seawall at Emma Schmitz View Point.
I wonder if the bike share companies pay for the removal of the tossed bikes or if the City of Seattle winds up with the bill.

It’s not the first time that I’ve seen the bikes from this program vandalized and left behind as litter.

Comments

  1. janice nyman says:

    too bad! I’m hoping to try those bikes out with friends visiting from out of town.

  2. It is unfortunate that there are a few “bad eggs” in our world. The bike companies have established a wonderful program. I hope this does not deter them! We, as the community, need to help by keeping our eyes open to situations when thugs try to control.

  3. I don’t agree with the vandalism. I do think that there needs to be designated places to leave the bikes – maybe bike racks could be installed at bus stops and other places… currently, they are “littered” everywhere without much care. I think it’s just a matter of time before someone trips on one left on a sidewalk and a bike company, along with the City of Seattle, winds up in a lawsuit. :/

  4. Stephanie Raymond says:

    The companies do send out people to pick them up, but the trackers are not very accurate once they’ve gone in the water. It’s not cool that people are tossing them over the seawall, but it is part of the business model of the company that they need to send folks out to retrieve bikes from less central locations and return them to places where people are more likely to use them. I work on the Seattle waterfront and I’ve seen this happen there, too.

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