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Posted on: January 7, 2019

Update on the RI Unusable and Discarded Bike Program

December Bikes

Since October, RIOC has removed 35 broken or discarded bikes from the Island:

- Nine removed from the MTA subway station
- Two by Firefighter's Field
- 17 from under the Helix
- The rest that were found in other locations across the Island including street signs, light poles etc.

The next round of pickups of discarded bikes is this Friday, Jan. 11.

Just to recap the Unusable Bike Policy applies to any bicycle publicly chained that:

• Appears to be crushed or not otherwise usable

• Missing essential parts such as handlebars, pedals, rear wheel or bicycle chain

• The handlebars, pedals, spokes, frames or rimes are damaged or bent

• 50 percent or more the bike is rusted, which includes parts like the frame, handlebars, pedals, and bike chain

The actual process will go as follows:

Once a month, the Public Safety Department will survey the island for any unusable bikes. Any bike that fits the criteria will be pictured, tagged, removed (with RIOC Grounds/ Maintenance assistance), then brought to the Warehouse for temporary storage. After two weeks in RIOC’s custody, if nobody claims the bike, it will get discarded.


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