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Did RIOC Abandon Its Abandoned Bike Policy?

Updated 30 weeks ago David Stone
Abandoned bikes in one of several heaps under the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix.
Abandoned bikes in one of several heaps under the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

After a report in The Daily, spurred by reader complaints in August, RIOC announced a comprehensive policy for removing numerous abandoned bikes clogging storage areas throughout the idea. Just as quickly, it seems to have become as abandoned as the bikes still rusting in heaps.

Scouting around the Motorgate Atrium area for another story this morning, I found numerous bikes, tires flattened, rims corroded, seats missing, in piles in the parking area under the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix.

Tag left while RIOC program was still operative, not accumulating dust.
Tag left while RIOC program was still operative, not accumulating dust.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

One even sported a tag warning that, if not removed by November 1st, six weeks ago, it would be "impounded and disposed of by RIOC."

Back in shirtsleeve weather, I inquired about implementation or the policy.

Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson wrote, "We have removed all unusable bikes by 591 Main, Firefighter’s Field and the RI Subway Station. They are being stored at the warehouse for the next two weeks, then will be discarded. We will finish the Helix area next week." (Italics ours.)

That was October 2nd.

A left behind child seat is the only seat left on this bike.
A left behind child seat is the only seat left on this bike.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

What went wrong?

RIOC did not immediately respond to a follow up request sent earlier today. 

As it stands, bikes are not all that's been abandoned, as the policy, admirable and much needed as it was, appears to have been short-lived, surviving only one month.

Flat tires and rusted rims tell a story of how many seasons these have suffered under the helix.
Flat tires and rusted rims tell a story of how many seasons these have suffered under the helix.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Rusting bikes, it appears, will continue blotting the landscape for the foreseeable future.

 

Another abandoned bike heap, just steps from Main Street.
Another abandoned bike heap, just steps from Main Street.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

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