If you build it, they will come… And vandalize it.
Sadly, vandalism of public infrastructure is a fact of city life. Brooklynites upset with the placement of Citi Bike stations have made their malice known by pasting signs that read ”Residential landmark blocks are not for advertising commercial activity” on stations in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, according to the Brownstoner. Apparently, some residents did not feel that they were given the opportunity to provide input on the subject and do not believe that the stations should be allowed on historic blocks. This is despite significant efforts made to engage the community in the planning process of the stations and going through a lengthy approval process.
To help quell concerns and answer questions, a town hall meeting is being held this Wednesday.
Interestingly, vandalism hasn’t been as much a problem in American bike share programs as it has been abroad in cities like Paris, which saw 80% of its 20,000 Vélib’ bikes either damaged or stolen within the system’s first two years of operation. With vandalism already prevalent, however, New York may be the exception to the rule.