Bikeshare sent us a press release about many of their bikes being vandelized lately. I suppose it’s one of those things that makes you wonder about what society is coming to, like people who voted for Margaret Thatcher did:
In the last month, 25 BikeShare bikes around downtown Toronto have been vandalized. Tires are being deliberately punctured, requiring hundreds of dollars in parts and labour.
The attacks are a serious blow to the viability of BikeShare, a not-for-profit community project of the Community Bicycle Network.
The vandalism began last winter at our Grassroots – Riverdale hub where six bikes were targeted. Since April 2006, the tires of bikes at hubs around the city have been punctured, including those at The Bike Joint, Jet Fuel and Mountain Equipment Co-op. The same instrument appears to be used in all cases.
Project Manager Maogosha Pyjor states, â€œThis vandalism undermines a valued community service that is already struggling financially.â€
â€œThis threatens to shut down several key BikeShare hub locations because they are unable to bring the bikes in overnight. The vandalism is probably happening when the hubs are closed,â€ Pyjor adds.
BikeShare is requesting the assistance of the general public to be on the lookout, especially around hub locations. A list of hubs can be found at www.bikeshare.org.
Since 2001, BikeShare’s fleet of bright yellow bicycles has been a welcome addition to the streets of downtown Toronto. BikeShare provides people with a healthy, affordable, convenient and efficient way to travel.
BikeShare, a project of the Community Bicycle Network, is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive bicycle sharing project. It recently won a Green Toronto award from the City of Toronto in its Community Projects category.
This recent vandalism is a serious challenge for the BikeShare program. BikeShare welcomes your ideas on countering this vandalism and safeguarding our bikes. You can contact us at 416-504-2918 or firstname.lastname@example.org