More than 200 Biketown bikes vandalized

Biketown bikes, stations vandalized overnight

PORTLAND, Ore. – More than 200 bicycles used in Portland’s citywide bike-share program were discovered vandalized Tuesday morning.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation said damage to the bikes included slashed tires, seats and spokes. They said graffiti also obscured control screens on the bikes as well as information panels and check out kiosks at various Biketown stations.

Photos: Vandals damage Biketown bikes

“All Portlanders should be saddened and outraged by this senseless act of vandalism,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT. “The Transportation Bureau created BIKETOWN, with bikes owned by the public, to make bicycling easier and more convenient for everyone. Unfortunately, because of this criminal act, dozens or perhaps hundreds of Portlanders were not able to ride a bike this morning.”

According to Bike Portland, vandals hit at least the 11 following locations:

  • NE 24th and Glisan
  • SE Water and Taylor
  • N Interstate and Willamette
  • N Williams and Fremont
  • 33rd and Belmont
  • 12th and Division
  • 30th and Division
  • 36th and Hawthorne
  • SE 12th and Gideon
  • SE Pine and 28th
  • Couch and 28th

Bike Portland also reported signs were left at the stations that read, "This Biketown is now closed. Our city is not a corporate amusement park."

Crews were working to clean the graffiti and repair damaged bikes Tuesday morning.

"I think it's tragic. It breaks my heart, there's a lack of respect," said Danielle Richardson, who uses the Biketown system. "I think this is an incredible system for our city to get around. We're an eco-friendly city so it breaks my heart somebody would do that."

Biketown has more than 2,700 annual members and more than 45,000 people have used the system since it launched in July 2016.

Anyone with information about the vandalism should contact Officer David Sanders of Portland police at david.sanders@portlandoregon.gov.

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