Bicycle removal problem – solution
I wrote earlier about a bicycle removal problem. I wasn’t exactly flooded with responses. Anyway, here’s my solution.
You buy a large collection of bike locks. Then you drive around the city and lock people’s bike locks to the bike racks (or poles or railings or whatever). People can still take their bikes and their locks away as usual, and your lock then falls to the ground (but is still attached to the bike rack). Once every X weeks your people go out and do a sweep – taking away bikes and bike fragments that still have your lock on their lock, recovering your locks that are no longer locked to other locks, and using these to lock the locks of bikes that do not have your lock on them.
You can put a brightly colored ring with a warning message on your locks “This bike will be taken away in X weeks if this bicycle has not been used”.