The case of the missing bike racks

I contacted Damian Goebel at Smart Trips to find out why, not only all the Dero temporary bike racks (which were being touted for providing over 200 more bike parking spaces) have been removed, but some pre-existing bike racks were removed, like the one I generally use at the corner of 5th and Jackson. Damian, the RNC-coordinator for Smart Trips, wasn’t aware that the Galtier Plaza bike rack had been removed, and told me that he’d look into it and get back to me. He also theorized that the rest of the unsecured bike racks were removed because of a fear that they would be used as weapons in any continued demonstrating. He suggested using the racks in the Lowertown ramps. When I hear back from him, I’ll ask about the police removed bikes legally locked to signposts. Did St. Paul temporarily ban bikes from being locked to signposts? I know that in Minneapolis, it’s illegal to lock them to parking meters (although I’ve never seen that enforced), but signposts are fair game.

1 Comment so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on September 2nd, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

    Understandable from a public safety standpoint. But:

    1) Considering car and bus access to downtown has been limited, riding your bike into downtown seems to be one of the best options.

    2) What about all the free bikes that they were providing for the Convention? Can you only park them at designated stations?

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