|I was heading to central station yesterday afternoon and I saw a bunch of bikes being loaded on to the back of a white flat deck truck. It sounds a little suspicious but they’re an official crew.|
The bike parks are overcrowded and lots of people leave their bikes there for ages, months. A couple of times a year a crew will go around the bike stations and tag bikes that have been there too long. The tags give people a deadline on when the bikes will be removed (a week or so later I think). If your bike is removed you have to call a central depot and go and retrieve it.
Right after I took this photo one of the crew asked me not to photograph them, apparently occasionally people get upset with the bike removers and get aggressive. I apologised, explained it was for a blog, promised that no faces would be shown, and offered to show him the photo – and delete it if he had concerns. Suddenly it was no problem, all smiles and chatty. So here’s the photo.