After various reports of people's bikes being hauled off by the police in Brooklyn, the NY Times gets more answers with its press creds than the actual bikers. It seems that the police at the 94th Precinct started to forcibly remove locked-up bikes because people had complained the bikes were obstructing sidewalks and endangering pedestrians. And while the Department of Transportation installed more 53 bike racks, the new racks are less convenient, then, say, using the railing around subway entrances. The DoT says they will install another 40 racks by the end of the year, while the NYPD says the bikes are tagged for owners to retrieve them. But the NYPD's actions seem to fly in the face of what they are supposed to do: According to Transportation Alternatives, the police are supposed to give bike owners notice first before removing the bikes. Contact Transportation Alternatives if you bike has been taken.

The article also has a lot of charming local color: Quotes about "upset hipsters" and about the problems of bikes from angry, old-timers, such as a 79 year-old North Seventh Street resident, who tells the Times, "They're dangerous. People fall over them. Bedford Avenue is loaded. I say steal them all."

Photograph of bikes at the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint from Tien Mao