Maybe they wanted to free their bikes.
This is the one solid point in favor of bicycling: it reduces DUIs. The city should try extra hard to return these bikes, because as the longer their owners are without them the more likely they are to drive wasted.
Thanks Critical Mass! Thanks Cascade Bike Club! I hate you, but thanks for taking drunks off the road. Seriously. Thank you for that one thing.
What about those of us who vary our methods of transit to/from work?
For example, sometimes I walk to work, sometimes I drive, sometimes I skateboard, sometimes I bus.
When I go home, on occassion, I have sometimes forgotten I drove to work and taken the bus or walked home. Or left my board at work.
Same goes for bikes - maybe some of these people alternate between bus, bike, and driving - 8 or 10 hours later they may not recall the exact form of their commute, especially if the weather is different ... and even while on the bus.
Dude, funny story, but your commentary is ridiculous. These bikes are donated to charity. Do you consider that "garbage"?
Yeah, I've certainly been that fucked up at times in the past. A word of caution: I don't know Washington law, but in most places, if it's got wheels, you can get busted for driving it drunk (or otherwise under the influence).
DOUG, some of them go to charity, but I'm sure some are pieces of shit and they get trashed.
Getting stoned *never* defeats the purpose!
It is NOT illegal to ride while drunk. And a cop is supposed to offer your drunk ass a lift home if he thinks you're too wasted to ride.
RCW 46.61.790. Intoxicated bicyclists.
When I'm on a bike, stoned and drunk, the world is at my fingertips!
maybe people stole the bikes, and used them to get to the bus. that could account for two bikes on each round-trip.
Yeah, whatever, Dominic. Total speculation on your part. But go ahead and make that the entirety of your commentary anyhow.
Jeez, DOUG, it does say potential garbage. But sure, maybe if everyone would leave their bikes on the bus the world would be a better place.
sad: "The kind we get more than any other are the BMXs," Peterson said. "That's because they tend to belong to kids, who tend to forget."
2007,863 is a lot of bikes!
This is what's great about bikes. You hop on it, ride somewhere, and quickly park it. You don't have to deal with spending lots of time dealing with parking, worrying if someone is breaking into it while you're away, worrying if someone is bumping into it, worrying if that car alarm you hear is yours, etc.
The downside is that it's easier to forget it's around. I once walked nearly mile away from a library branch before realizing my bike was still locked up outside of it.
Not likely - the article notes that some lost bikes go to Ghana. I've helped load bikes for shipment to Ghana, and many of the bikes sent aren't rideable (which I'd assume any bike loaded on to a bus is, at least minimally), but are still of value there for parts or repair. The only stuff that ends up in the metal scrap bin are completely rusted components and broken frames.
I'm sure there's a better way to make a donation, though, than to leave it on a bus rack...
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You may think it's redonkulous to leave your bike on a bus rack, but I can totally see myself doing something like that. I can easily imagine putting my bike on the rack, getting on the bus, and meeting someone I know. We'd start chatting away, and decide to hop off to get coffee or something, and I'd totally forget about the bike on the bus rack... till it was a couple blocks away or until I got home. Then I'd panic, trying to figure out how to get it back. I wouldn't even have to be stoned (though no doubt that would compound the problem).
How many of you have forgotten where you parked your car in a large lot? Forgetting a bike on a bus rack isn't all that hard to imagine.
OMG you guys are making this big a fuss over bikes left on Metro busses?
Slog is back in fine form today! Wahoo!
I agree with #20. I think I'd leave home without my pants on sometimes if it weren't cold outside.
If you've got a bike, why are you riding the bus? I've never understood this.
Will are you suggesting they have 8 hour bus rides cause you know they put the bike on the bus when they get on the bus!
It's way worse when you put your bike on the bus rack, get on, find your sit near the back, read your book for awhile, see it's your stop, get off the bus and "WHAT THE FUCK? WHERE'S MY BIKE?!?!"
not to rekindle the bikes-as-garbage mine-spat, but I just heard aMetro spokeswoman on the radio. According to her barely 50% of the left bikes are reclaimed within 30 days. Leading one to believe that the other 49% are indeed of scant value to their former owners. Either that, or they were majorly buzzed and can't even remember riding the bus.
@9: Anyway, it's not like offenses committed while riding a bike appear on your driving record. (I tend to think they should, but I don't get to make the rules.)
Burley Bus Driver Disappoints Skinny Hipster.
I was riding the number 2 bus the other day and someone with a bike tried to get on but the bus driver said they could no longer have racks on the front. Said it was a new state law and to blame the governor.
Haw!-Ha!... Stupid drug addicts!
They are NOT donated to charity DOUG.
I talked with a driver who was bragging about how in X amount of days, that bike left on his bus would be HIS.
Apparently after so many days if something is unclaimed, people can take then.
Well, that makes the driver the garbage then, not the bike.
#23 - ha ha ha , I had that thought today.
On Metro, of course, there's a lot of longer commutes that makes sense to throw your bike up there for the big part, and ride the rest of the way. The 520 corridor is a good example, actually, lots of Eastside routes, since connecting buses over there just isn't worth the trouble.
BUT, I always think that when I see bikes on the racks of the #14 Mission past my house... seriously, it's a kinda long-ish route I guess for this city, but it'd be a normal bike ride for anyone that actually, you know, RODE a bike. Thus, the sad truth of bikes on the #14 rack is revealed....
@31...well according to Metro, after 30 days they are indeed donated to charity (and not to Ghana as someone else said).
An organization that's a "charity" and sends bikes to Ghada. How could that be?
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