Terry Lynch, the persistent municipal watchdog and executive director of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, recently celebrated a victory. Having finally compelled the city to do a blast removal of dozens of abandoned bikes chained to street signs and tree boxes, he fired off a jubilant press release. The memo included a list of nearly 100 suspect bike frames which Lynch had provided to officials in order to speed the cleanup process along.

According to transportation officials, more than 50 abandoned bicycles have been cut off and sent to the dump with the help of Lynch’s list. There was just one little hiccup of a glitch: Some of the bikes that were sent to the heap belonged to living cyclists.

The process is supposed to protect rightful owners: the Department of Transportation first tags a bike, giving the owner 10 days to move it or call and make a claim. If no one intervenes, the Department of Public Works removes the bike.

Lynch says he copied DPW employees when he sent his list to the Department of Transportation. According to Jim Sebastian, the DDOT’s bicycle program manager, DPW officials must have thought the list was already approved and snapped into action. So far, just two of the heretofore abandoned bicycles have been claimed; one was successfully rescued from the dump. It seems likely that others may have gone the way of the Velveteen rabbit—-and that the owners simply assumed their steeds had been stolen.

And yes, the abandoned bikes are taken to the dump—-the Fort Totten transfer station, to be specific—-not donated.

Press release and list of bikes after the jump.

The Downtown Cluster of Congregations
1313 New York Avenue, N.W. • Washington, D.C 20005 • (202)347-7015 • Fax (202) 347-4630

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Lynch
(c) (202) 236-9561

CITY SENT LTST OF ALMOST 100 MOSTLY STRIPPED BIKES

As part of its summer efforts to both improve safety and cleanliness of public space areas, the Downtown Cluster of Congregations today forwarded a list of 92 likely abandoned bikes and locks to the city’s Department of Transportation for initiation of possible removal,

“Tt’s gotten to where on most blocks you walk, you’ll see an abandoned bike lock or a bike frame that’s been stripped for parts”, says Terry Lynch, Executive Director. “It sends the wrong message to have these frames littering our sidewalks and tree boxes. It’s the broken window theory.”

Lynch also notes the city government seems to have one level of services for the federal enclave where tourists visit, and another for the city’s neighborhoods. “The business and federal zone seem to get one level of services, and neighborhood streets another – that’s not right”.

The listing that was sent is as follows:

1. 4037 15th Street, NW (across the street from this location). Bike Frame only, near Irving Street
2. NW Corner of 15th & Columbia Road, NW, on 15th. Bike Coil.
3 & 4. 2801 15th Street, NW – 2 bike frames only, locked to sign
5. 2801 15th Street, NW – Bike, flat tires, missing scat, locked to tn?e in tree box
6. 2801 15th Street, NW – adjacent on Fuller Street. Frame only, locked to chain fence
7 & 8: 2 bike locks, on bike rack, on ground at 1612 U Street, NW, middle pole
9.18th & Riggs Street, NW – bike lock, nw corner on ground locked to sign, by 1807 Riggs Street, NW
10. 2 Chains around lamp pole at 1823 Riggs Street, NW
11.19th & Q Street, NW – bike lock on parking meter 191513NW, opposite Raku restaurant
12. 1300 Connecticut Avenue, NW – lock on gray bike rack
13. 1864 Kalorama Road, NW, adjacent to Goodwill Baptist Church, near Columbia Road. Bike with flat tires, rusted wheels, and chain lock, locked to sign 5/27
14. 1217 Potomac Street, NW – lock
15. 1316 Potomac Street, N W – lock opposite this address
16. Prospect Street & Potomac St. NW – ne corner, on bike rack adjacent to Booeymonger’s restaurant
17. 2022 Columbia Road, NW – lock around pole
18. Bike Shelter at Woodley Park Metro, by Conn. & Calvcrt Streets, NW. Bike lock on corner pole of
shelter.
19. 1700 Block of Euclid Street, NW (Peace Park), opposite First Church of Christ Scientist
20. 1915 Kaloranm Rd. NW – Bike, crumpled wheels, locked to tree in tree box
22. 3523 O Street, N W – bent, broken frame, locked to sign
23. 2440 M Street, NW – lock on ground, locked to parking meter M2438NW
24. 800 Block of 12th Street, N W by NY Avenue, NW – lock on ground, locked to Parking Meter
420811NW
25. 1100 NY Ave, NW on NY Avenue, south side, by Cort Furniture, lock on ground, locked to black rack
26 & 27: 1754 Lanier Place, NW – 2 bike locks on black fence
28. 1601 Argonne Place, NW – Heavy Chain, wrapped around light pole (2 others at site being used)
29. 3116 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW – Bike, bent frame, locked to parking meter
30. 3524 Connecticut Avenue, NW – bike, locked to parking meter, flat tires, rusting
31. 1150 17th Street, NW – Bicycle, missing front tire
32. 17th & RI Ave. NW – nw corner: Bike lock on Parking Meter RI1703NW
33. 17th & RI Ave. NW – nw corner: Bike lock on Parking Meter R11707NW
34. 1825 Conn Ave. NW – east side of Conn, lock on ground, locked to gray bike rack
35. 2031 Florida Ave. NW – lock on ground, locked to sign, in tree box by Conn. Ave, NW
36. 1606 20th Street. NW – lock, on ground, locked to parking meter across from Q Street Dupont Metro entry
37. 1707 L Street, NW – lock, on ground, locked to sign by Quizno’s Sub
38. 2701 P Street, NW – Bicycle, “Specialized Hard Rock”, mv corner of 27th & P, locked to Stop sign, rusted, flat tires, missing scat, in fromt of Liquor store
39. 1403 12th Street, NW – Bike, “Mongoose11, missing seat, flat tires, rusting, chained to sign 40. 1405 12th Street, NW – Bike lock, on ground, locked to sign in tree box
41. 1420 12th Street, NW – Bike lock, around tree in tree box
42. 1816 11th Street, NW – Bike, bent seat, flat tires, on ground locked to sign
43. 1230 11lth Street, NW – Bike, blue “Giant”, missing wheel, seat, rusted, locked to fence on far right as look at entrance
44. 1230 11th Street, NW – Bike, blue frame, missing seat and wheel, locked to fence on far right of entry as look at building
45. 1230 11th Street, NW – Bike, “Free Spirit”, missing wheel, on right of entry, locked to fencing
46. 1230 11th Street, NW – Lock on fencing to right of entry
47. 1230 11th Street, NW – Lock on fencing, to right of entry
48. 1230 11th Street, NW – Bike, red frame, to immediate left of entry as look at building, flat tires, locked to fence
49. 1230 11th Street, NW – Bike, red “Mongoose”, to left of entry as look at building, flat tires, locked to fence
50. 1230 11th Street, NW – Bike, black “Magna”, locked to fence to left of entry, flat tires, rusting
51. 1230 11th Street, NW – Bike, “Roadmaster”, to far left as look at entry, locked to fence, flat tires
52. 1228 1 Ith Street, NW – Bike, frame only, locked to sign post, lying on ground in tree bo
53. 1228 11th Street, NW – Bike, lying on ground, locked to sign post, lying on ground in tree box
54. 1231 11th Street, NW – Bike lock, lying on ground, locked to sign
55. 1126 11th Street, NW – Bike lock, locked to sign, lying on ground in tree box
56. 1112 11th Street, NW – bent bike wheel, locked to fence
57. 1112 11th Street, NW – bike, “Pacific”, missing wheel, locked to fence
58. 1112 11th Street, NW – lock on fence, to right as look at entry
59. 1112 11th Street, NW • lock on fence, to right as look at entry
60. 1112 11th Street, NW – lock on fence, to left as look at entry
61. 1112 11th Street, NW – Bike, “Magna”, missing wheel and scat, locked to sign
62. 13th & Eye Street, NW, ne corner, Bike lock on ground, locked to parking meter Eye1223NW
63. 14th & H Streets, NW – ne corner – Tire Jack(?) – wrapped around sign by Cosi’s, lying on ground
64. Cleveland Park Metro, east side, bike rack – Lock on fencing
65. Cleveland Park Metro, cast side, bike rack – Lock left on fencing
66. Cleveland Park Metro, cast side, metro stair railing – at top – Bike lock left on railing
67. 1600 20th Street, NW – Bike, black “Specialized”, missing scat, wheel, locked to pkg. Meter 201603NW
68. 1606 20th Street, NW – Lock on ground on pkg meter 201606NW
69. Q & Conn. Ave. NW – bike, in bike rack by metro, Gray Hardrock “Specialized”, flat tire
70. 19th & Dupont Circle, NW – bike, black “Acapulco”, missing tire, locked to meter 191345NW
71. 19th Street at Dupont Circle, by Metro Escalator – Bike Lock on ground, locked to Pkg. Meter 191337NW
72. Rear of 1350 Conn Ave. NW – on 19th Street: Bike Wheel, locked to black bike rack
73. 1333 19th Street, NW – Bike lock, on gray bike rack, on ground
74. 1320 19th Street, NW – Bike, “Mt. Fury”, flat tires, rusted chain
75. 1211 Conn. Avenue, NW – bike lock left on bike rack
76. 1211 Conn. Avenue, NW – bike lock, just south of prior listing, left on bike rack by Pkg. Meter CT1211NW
77. 1001 Conn. Avenue, NW – bike lock, left on black bike rack
78. 815 Conn. Avenue, NW – chain and padlock, left on Parking Meter CT 0819NW
79. 2950 Van Ness Street, NW – Bike, missing seat, flat tires, rusty chain, locked to pole support wire
80. 3435 Conn. Ave. NW – bike lock, on parking meter CT3435NW
81. 3524 Conn. Ave. NW – Bike, locked to parking meter, flat tires
82. 940 24th Street, NW – bike, flat front tire, rusty chain
83. 711 4th Street, NW – Chain Jock, on sign
84. 1221 Eye Street, NW – chain on meter across from 1250 Eye Street NW
85. 14th & Eye Street, NW – bike lock left in front of McPherson Sq. Metro and grille
86. 17th & Eye Street, NW – se corner on Eye Street, in front of metro
87. 1150 17th Street, NW – bike, missing front tire
88, 17th & RJ Ave, NW – lock, nw corner, lock on ground locked to parking meter
89. 2701 P Street, NW – Bike, locked to stop sign, rusted, flat tires, in front of liquor store
90 & 91. 2 Locks on Bike Rack next to meter M18I1NW across from 1800 M St. NW
92, 4200 Block of Reservoir Rd. NW Bike – by Parking meter RESE4202NW- missing wheel and seat,
rusty chain

The listing was sent to Emeka Moneme, Director of the DC Dept. of Transportation. His phone number is (202) 673-6813.

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