A Study In Contrast

March 25, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Last weekend on Jackson Street I had the pleasure of discovering one of the most verbose admonishments to remove one’s bicycle from another person’s premises I have ever seen.

This is not a bike rack

The author of this note brings up a very salient point: there are certain legal ramifications to be had if someone injures him/herself on someone’s property. His (or her) argument for this bike’s removal is well thought-out and attempts to employ reason in the hopes the owner of this vehicle will do the right thing. Unfortunately this oft-used form of manipulation usually backfires because a great number of people on this planet are anything but reasonable. Perhaps they should give my new friends at Rude Towing a ring?

It has been my observation that the best inducements are the ones which make it known it is in the offender’s best interest to cease and desist with his/her anti-social behavior. Keep it concise and straight to the point. Like this classic piece of anti-bicycle signage from Calyer Street in Greenpoint.

Sliced and Stripped

I have walked by this house on a number of occasions. I have yet to see a bicycle affixed to it or any part of its property in any way, shape or form. It just goes to show Teddy Roosevelt was onto something when he said:

Speak softly and carry a big stick a chain saw.

Miss Heather


One Comment on A Study In Contrast

  1. al oof on Tue, 25th Mar 2008 10:14 pm
  2. i’m pretty sure that you aren’t allowed to slice and strip bikes that are parked illegally on public property, as in the first case.

    the problem is there is so little legal bicycle parking, and the city has pretty much no inclination that this will ever change adequately.

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