You know that bike that has been locked to street sign near your house for what seems like years? The City wants to know about it.
On July 23 the City is planning a “clean sweep” of abandoned bikes.
Here’s a notice from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities:
The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) and the Philadelphia Streets Department need your help to identify all of the abandoned bikes in the city in preparation for an Abandoned Bike Clean-Up project. On July 23rd,the Streets department will be conducting a clean sweep of abandoned bicycles.
Removing abandoned bicycles from city streets helps bicyclists by making bicycle parking easier to find and it helps non-bicyclists by clearing-out scarce sidewalk space. Abandoned bikes are those that have missing or damaged parts, are in un-useable condition, and have been locked in the same location for one month or more. These bikes will be tagged with notification for removal by the city one week before the scheduled removal. All of the bicycles that are removed during the sweep will be donated to local charities for refurbishment.