Apparently sick of seeing an abandoned shareable Lime bike on a Washington Street sidewalk for at least the past week, someone came up with a solution to temporarily get it out of the way. The property owners might not be psyched about the bike being hung on their white fence, but maybe posting about this will alert Lime to get its bike outta there.
(Update: The bike was taken off the fence Friday morning, 8/9/19, and placed back on the sidewalk.)
Stories have abounded about people destroying abandoned shareable bikes in Boston and beyond, with many a vehicle being tossed in rivers and ponds.
The relocation of this bike in Wellesley hit home for me after reading about a blind man in Natick who recently smashed into carelessly placed surveying equipment on a sidewalk where he was walking. The wayward Wellesley bike also probably proved an obstacle for those trying to pass by with strollers.
Wellesley wasn’t among the more than dozen communities selected to take part in a dockless bike rental system with Lime involving the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, but Lime bicycles do wind up kicking around Wellesley, including at commuter rail stations. If you’re not familiar with dockless bikes, here’s the upshot: You download an app on your phone, put in your payment info and then you can locate available bikes, ride them and leave them in a legal spot for the next person to rent (the app uses scanning technology that unlocks the bikes for use).
What we haven’t seen of late are shareable Ant Bicycles. That company last summer promoted its bikes in town, but we haven’t heard a peep out of Ant since and see no sign of their bikes in Wellesley on their app. We’ve hit up the company a few times to see if they’re still around or might even consider rolling out its shareable scooters here.