City of Hoboken will steal your bike too!

8/4/2010:

Confusing message sent to bike riders in Hoboken

OK, Hoboken is supposed to be a bike-friendly city.

We have bike lanes and meetings about bike safety (sounds promising…) – but at the same time, we’re suffering from a bike-rack shortage – and bikes are getting stolen at a record clip (huh?)

Now – even the city of Hoboken wants to take your bikes away! WTF?

Take a look at this bike parked along Washington Street, innocently chained, minding it’s own business. But the city adhered a note saying that if it isn’t moved – they’ll cut the chain and steal your bike from you.

What is it Mr. Sacs? Do you love and promote bike usage, or do you secretly hate your job, and hope that no one ever rides a bike again? Get your story straight!

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17 Comments on "City of Hoboken will steal your bike too!"

HOB424
Member
HOB424

A Prpoerty has the right to request, that someone not leave their bike for 3 weeks. If someone trips and gets hurt, they will sue the property owner. Just lazy to not move it for 3 weeks. Wouldn’t that be considered abondoned property?

kal-el
Member
kal-el

I have spoken to a contact in city hall, the bike in question was on that persons property for over 3 weeks without being removed. The owner of the property got complaints of people tripping over the bike.The owner went to every tenant and no one claimed the bike. Therefore the city stepped in to try and help, that warning was put on that bike over 2 weeks ago. Therefore that makes the bike sitting there for over a month. The owner of the property has the right to have the bike removed for safety reasons. 😉

NorthKrissy
Member
NorthKrissy

Do you think the people tripping over the bike were too busy paying attention to something else other that where they were going?

And aren’t there rusty beat up bikes elsewhere in town? Ones you couldn’t ride away if you wanted to?[quote comment=”195628″]I have spoken to a contact in city hall, the bike in question was on that persons property for over 3 weeks without being removed. The owner of the property got complaints of people tripping over the bike.The owner went to every tenant and no one claimed the bike. Therefore the city stepped in to try and help, that warning was put on that bike over 2 weeks ago. Therefore that makes the bike sitting there for over a month. The owner of the property has the right to have the bike removed for safety reasons. [/quote]

freewheelin
Member

I agree with bradykp too. Your use of a bike does not come with the right to leave it anyplace you choose. On my block there are two bikes that have been chained to a gate for YEARS. I’ve never seen them not there, so my guess is they were long ago abandoned. How is the city supposed to know if a bike is being regularly used or was left there by an old tenant or something?

truth1
Member
truth1

The law is the law…non- enforcement is like having no law. In addition to the safety hazard, the chains damage the paint on the poles. By the way, the same should go for political signs which are in viiolation of the No. 110 Ordinance of the City of Hoboken. They are unsightly sign polution and damage the poles as well. 🙄

costume
Member
costume

At the bike meeting RBA expressed interest in taking away parking spaces on street corners to install bike racks in the street.

matt_72
Member

Dumb idea. Plenty of room on the sidewalk for bike racks. Only a pompous jerk w/ a bike seat rammed too far up their tush would even think this was a good idea.[quote comment=”195564″]At the bike meeting RBA expressed interest in taking away parking spaces on street corners to install bike racks in the street.[/quote]

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