Illegal bike parking?
An upset reader sent this incident in.
This week, when she went to get her bicycle, which was chained to a street sign or pole, and it had a threatening note attached to it. The location was just to the south of police headquarters on Hudson Street.
She was wondering if there were any city ordinances that forbids securing bikes to trees, signs, or telephone poles. I checked the city code and saw no such specific ordinance.
However, glancing over the code, I saw some ordinances that may be loosely worded enough to warrant a ticket. But I didn’t read it cover to cover, so I may have missed something. Anyone else have any knowledge regarding this?
136-2-a(32): “Any matter, thing, condition or act which is or which may become injurious, a detriment, a menace, a nuisance or endanger the health or general well-being of the inhabitants of this municipality or the general public.”
136-2-a(33): “Any matter, thing, condition or act which is or may become an annoyance, or interfere with the comfort, repose, health or general well-being of the inhabitants of this municipality or the general public.”
168-14-a; One about trees that vaguely mentions attaching something like a rope or an electrical wire (but not specifically a chain).
Not sure if there are any other ordinances. I checked, and the word “Bicycle” only came up once, and that was in regards to reckless operation of a bike in regards to pedestrian safety.
How are some people supposed to travel in this town if they cannot safely secure their bikes?
With all the talk about making the city more “green” and pedestrian safe, reducing vehicular traffic should be supported, not condoned.
Was this the police attaching the sign? Or someone else? She mentioned that she went into police headquarters to ask about the note, and the desk sergeant denied having any knowledge of the posting. I don’t see anything wrong with bikes. Maybe the HPD doesn’t want their area cluttered up. Who knows.