Pardubice will begin removing abandoned bicycles that are in front of the train station. People place their bikes in racks under the canopy and then continue their journey by train. Some of the bicycles are damaged and may have been there for months, according to the Czech News Agency (ČTK), as stated by the mayor of the municipal district, Filip Šťastný (ANO).
The racks, which have been in place since the summer of 2017, can accommodate 450 bikes. In order for the district to legally dispose of the damaged bikes, they had to establish operational rules. „We are addressing the problem of accumulating bike wrecks that are clearly unusable. The operational rules specify a maximum parking duration of ten days, after which we can remove the wrecks,“ said the mayor.
He noted that the goal is not to remove bikes that exceed the ten-day limit. The aim is to get rid of visibly damaged bikes that are missing certain parts. „The priority is to remove wrecks. At this point, we will mark them so that the owners have the opportunity to take them away themselves,“ Šťastný added.
Over the weekend, the mayor counted approximately seven wrecks. The municipal police will assist the district in this effort. If people do not retrieve their old bikes, the city guards will cut the locks and transport the bikes to the lost and found, where they will be available for retrieval for some time, Šťastný explained.
The shelter with bike racks was part of the revitalization of the area in front of the train station, which the city carried out with European funding. People can lock their bikes there for free. There has been a fee for the bike storage tower, which has also been in place since the summer of 2017. All-day storage costs ten Czech crowns, and the tower can hold 118 bikes. People store over a thousand bikes there monthly. In the past year, cyclists parked 13,584 bicycles in the tower.