A commuter has slammed a council that he claims cut a lock attached to his so-called abandoned bike a mere 10 hours after he left it.
Cambridge cyclist Tom Kelk takes a train from the city’s train station each morning to get to work to London and when he can’t access the station’s limited cycle storage facilities he and others use surrounding lampposts.
When he returned from work in late February, though, he was stunned to see that his and several others’ locks had been snapped leaving the bikes vulnerable to being stolen.
The bike had also been issued with a notice from Cambridge City Council stating that the bike would be removed within seven days if not claimed.
The council has distanced itself from the breaking of the locks and reiterated its abandoned bikes procedure comes in three steps: a notice is placed on the cycle; if not collected then the bike is removed and stored in the council’s depot for two weeks; after a fortnight of not being collected the bike is recycled.
But Mr Kelk has still launched a formal complaint to the council in which he requests that the station’s cycling storage infrastructure is improved.
He told Cambridge News: "It's not the end of the world but it's quite inconvenient. I was very annoyed. It's just a bizarre thing to do, quite an aggressive move. I only left it there for 10 hours."
“They could have been stolen very easily. My bike's not the best in the world but some of the other ones there were pretty nice bikes, they could have been taken.
"There's so much confusion at the station, no one knows where to park their bikes and every week it changes."
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Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.
Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.
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