When Bike Parking Goes Wrong

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 09:28 AM

Bike traffic jam (photo by Collin Campbell/WNYC)

Car alarm going off? Someone park too close to you? Putting notes on car windshields is a time-honored New York City way of conveying annoyance. Now that's expanding to another form of transportation.

Friend to TN (heck, he's TN spawn) Collin Campbell sent us this picture, describing it as "a (loud, argumentative) traffic jam on a bike rack." It was taken right around the corner from WNYC near the intersection of Varick and Charlton Streets -- a place where bike parking is indeed at a premium. But that's no excuse to lock your bike to another one. If you're the owner of a brown Upland Beach Cruiser, please report to the corner.



Comments [4]

A. Schleck

Agreed with Richard.

Jun. 15 2012 04:42 PM
Richard Masoner

This is a common way for thieves to steal bikes in NYC. You lock your bike, return to find somebody else's bike locked to yours so you take the bus home, figuring you'll return the next day. That night, thief (who initially locked his bike to yours) returns with tools and truck and remove all of the trapped bikes.

Jun. 15 2012 02:33 PM
Steve O.

Have some manners already, people.

Jun. 15 2012 10:36 AM

I always worry about this when locking my bike to a crowded rack. I check the path of the cable obsessively to make sure that it doesn't inadvertently attach to another bicycle!

Jun. 15 2012 10:06 AM

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