University tagging abandoned bicycles for removal

The Department of Public Safety is on a mission. What kind of mission, you ask? One of the utmost importance to Georgetown University—bicycle removal.

According to DPS Associate Director Joseph Smith, abandoned bicycles that are “in a serious state of disrepair” will be removed this summer.

Since the spring semester ended, “REMOVAL” tags have popped up on the worst offenders across campus. (That is to say, those rusted, old bicycles that haven’t moved in years.)

In an e-mail to Vox, Smith wrote that DPS plans to give owners a “reasonable period of time” to claim tagged bicycles. If a bicycle isn’t claimed, DPS will remove it and the University will donate it to charity.

“[The abandoned bicycles] are an eyesore to the community, they attract thieves who strip them for parts, and they occupy bike rack space,” Smith wrote.

While the University began tagging abandoned bicycles earlier this month, it is unknown when the removal will start. Nonetheless, we know one Jesuit who’ll be happy about the news.

[Editor’s Note: Sorry about the late start today, readers. Vox spent the last half hour in awe of Landon Donovan.]

10 Comments on “University tagging abandoned bicycles for removal

  1. Hey! That’s my bike in the picture. I’m not on campus. Can someone go and pick it up? Sweet thanks.

  2. God should give Landon his hair back for performing that miracle.

  3. @ current student

    Associate Director Smith told us that the bicycles will be donated to a charity that “restores bikes for people with transportation need[s].”

  4. people with transportation needs… hmmm like students? (ok ok certain dc residents probably have higher “transportation needs” but keep your altruism out of this)

    Can someone answer me this.. why do so few georgetown students bike so little? is the cost of bicycles prohibitive? are they hard to ride in sun dresses? do people just not think biking is a good way to get around (HINT: IT IS).

  5. Bikes get stolen a lot. I had mine on campus for sophomore year and one month of junior year and had mine stolen at the very beginning of the rash of thefts in the fall of ’08. The number of places that people live where bikes are both necessary and can safely be stored is minimal. If you live on campus, there’s not much of a reason to have one. If you live off-campus, you’ve either got to store it in your house (inconvenient) or outside (stolen if you have a wire lock, risk losing tires if you have a better one). Really the only place practical for a lot of people are those living in East Campus.

  6. i agree that theft definitely deters people from owning bikes…
    but.. i would disagree that there is no reason to have one if you live on campus. You can get to dupont in about 8 minutes whenever you want (excepting the dead of winter), some metro stops are impractically far from anywhere you would want to go…(adams morgan?) and end up having to walk like 30 minutes, you can get to cvs to buy condoms in about 2 and half minutes. Unlike the metro, you can stop lots of places on a bike. And unlike a bus, that makes you feel owned, gross and poor bikes make you feel independent, healthy and put you in the company of the wealthy/hip.

  7. Hahaha I locked up a bike near Leo’s about two years ago. I wonder if it is getting tagged now. I have the keys to the Ulock but I think it is rusted shut. LOL.

  8. @ @@current student,
    “[U]nlike a bus, that makes you feel owned, gross and poor…” Way to rag on the bus, man. Don’t you know most Georgetown students (myself included back when I was a student) have absolutely no idea how to use DC buses?

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