CPH Post

News

Private firm removing bikes without warning

Startup company getting old bicycles off of the street, but without police permission


Some bikes sit on racks for years (Photo: Colourbox)

July 24, 2014
09:55

by Ray Weaver


A new company called Cykelstativet is removing – for a fee – bikes from in front of shops and private buildings throughout Copenhagen. 

While getting rid of some of the rusting hulks, which have been sitting around for years in some cases, seems like a good idea, police said that the company is removing the bikes without their permission.

“We have never given anyone at the company permission to remove the bikes,” said police spokesperson Sebastian Rickelsen to Politiken. 

Rust never sleeps
Jones Malia, head of Cykelstativet said that his company is simply trying to improve the city.

“We are a cycling country, and we rely on bicycles,” Malia told Politiken. “We want things to look nice and there're already places in the city that look like a big junkyard; we are just trying to clean things up.” 

Malia stressed that the company is not “stealing” bikes, and that the owners can retrieve their bikes after they have been removed.

“We work only with the private sector,” said Malia. “We are not disposing of the bikes and the owners can get them back.”

READ MORE: Copenhagen cops bust up international bike theft ring

Cykelstativet’s van picked up about 75 bikes during its initial patrol on 7 July. The owners can retrieve them from the company after paying 187.5 kroner.

 



Related stories



Latest Comments

Seriously, these SF hipsters need to get out more; so what is the supporting...

(Bill Jones on September 23, 2014 01:55)

"And I became determined to return to Denmark and release my New Yorker...

(Jens Rost on September 23, 2014 01:27)

As World Conference on Indigenous Peoples begins in UN please see "Unleashing...

(Martin Edwin Andersen on September 22, 2014 14:27)

If anyone should be the target of a protest it should be the Supreme Court...

(Paulo Claro on September 22, 2014 10:56)

I'm always amused at how Danes, when they want to stress progress, claim that...

(Bill Jones on September 22, 2014 03:28)

Thoughtful piece

(David Williams on September 21, 2014 22:59)

You know we came through the sea and desert .is this because we like to put...

(Meron Mehari on September 21, 2014 18:06)

Beyond temperature, Denmark's soil and flat topography also do not favor...

(Bill Jones on September 21, 2014 16:03)

Turning Denmark into a shit hole, 600 refugees at a time. Nice going.

(Alex DeGre?t on September 21, 2014 14:11)

Are you a Christian? have you ever read your own Bible? "Paulus, Paulus,...

(Abdul Karim Munir Aszari on September 21, 2014 10:58)