Coronado to recycle impounded dockless bikes
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CORONADO, CALIF. (KGTV) - Coronado’s patience with bike sharing has run out.
The city plans to scrap impounded dockless bikes that have been left around the city.
“After 90 days expires the city has the right to dispose of them and we’re not in the bike storage business,” said Cliff Maurer, Coronado’s Director of Public Services and engineering.
Coronado has collected 106 bikes since city council banned the parking of them on public streets in March.
Bike sharing companies are charged $45 a bike and $1 every day they are in the impound yard.
Maurer says every company has settled their tab in some way except one — LimeBike.
“They won’t answer phone calls and they won’t come pick up their property,” said Maurer.
The city considered auctioning the bikes, but the didn’t want companies circumventing paying the city’s fee by purchasing them back at lower prices.
“We’re not anti-bike sharing,” said Maurer, “but so far what they’ve shown is that they’ve not put any resources to the civic responsibility of their business operations.”
LimeBike did not respond to 10News' request for comment before this story ran.