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.


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25 Comments on "Illegal bike parking?"

10 years 9 days ago

mistermarr- As someone who enjoys riding her bike, I am not trying to discourage bike riding.

I wouldn’t ride and park it at the path though – seems like you’re just ASKING to get it stolen IMO.

10 years 9 days ago

Complain all you want about cyclists on sidewalks. I don’t do it and I’m sure there are plenty of others who don’t. Cycling is still fundamentally a form of transportation that should be ENCOURAGED (through lanes and proper parking) rather than DISCOURAGED. It’s better for our air, our roads, our quality of life and the health of those who participate. Harping on the bad apples is just running interference on the basic issue. It’s a clever debate tactic that leads no where.
As far as getting involved in organizations, isn’t it depressing that we need a volunteer organization to fill such a basic municipal service as bike racks? I don’t see groups of hoboken drivers spending their weekends filling potholes. Anyways.

10 years 9 days ago

There is a large highly active bicycle lobby group for New York City called Transportation Alternatives.

If anyone’s interested, I’m sure they’d see what they can do. Already they’ve done a lot for the five boroughs.

10 years 9 days ago

Oh yea, the oft misunderstood Lady, persecuted by none other than me, the pot stirrer. Whatever lady! I mentioned that saying “put down your cell phones” is silly, and that bikers should be not on the sidewalks. Given that you didn’t address the sidewalk issue, pray tell me how I was stirring the pot and/or going after you?

You’re either paranoid or crazy.

10 years 9 days ago

does critical mass need to come to hoboken?