Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to alert the community to something I’ve noticed the past few months. I walk to the Shaw metro each morning and have noticed a growing amount of groups of bikes locked to posts along the way. Mostly at the intersection of Rhode Island Ave and 8th St NW, on both sides of Rhode Island. The bikes are parked at the back of the Shaw library and in front of an Airbnb (Airbnb has it’s own yard and storage areas, so unlikely they’re for their guests).

Started off with a pair locked behind the library and another pair at a nearby sign post, but has grown to multiple bikes at multiple posts. Seems like there’s a new addition to the clusters every few days. There are some fully geared bikes as well as random wheels, bikes with one wheel, and frames. A brand new bright green Diamondback was added last night.

Haven’t seen them moved or used. Seems like once a bike is added to the cluster it stays there, collecting dust. Mostly single family homes with yards around or buildings with dedicated bike racks.”

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