The objective of the Bicycle Survey Project is to find and document the many abandoned or lost bicycles one sees around a city. Bikes are usually left locked into a rack or a rail. When a bike is left unattended for prolonged periods of time, parts of it get stolen. One of the first parts to get removed are the seat and the wheels. Sometimes only a front wheel will be found locked onto a structure. This should most often be result of the bike having been locked only from the wheel. It is also not uncommon to find only the lock hanging from a rack.
It would also be nice if some sad and desperate bike owners could find their long lost bikes with the aid of this project.
Of the bicycles we have added a picture, some basic information and the location marked on a map. The map symbols are as follows:
- blue= only frame
- red= bike without front wheel
- green= bike without rear wheel
- teal= front wheel
- yellow= rear wheel
- violet= lock
- pink= bike unrideable (i.e. seat or hadlebar missing, rims twisted or spokes cut etc.)
The basic information added includes the following:
- Preservation status (i.e. the physical condition of the bike)
- Find context (busy street, railway station, a gutter etc.)
- Documented on (date)
- Make and model (if available)
- Location (a link to a map location)
If you would like to contact the writers or contribute to this blog as an author, send e-mail to thebicyclesurvey(at)gmail.com. We are working on a way to make the blog communal so that everyone could post items.
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