Any bicycles found locked to these railings will be removed. A charge will be made for their return.
I appreciate the general similarity to e.g. towing vehicles parked on private land, but there are a couple of interesting issues here:
- Removing a locked bicycle would necessarily* involve breaking either the bike or the lock. Bike locks can be jolly expensive (£50+).
- The "charge" the bicycle owner has to pay to before his bicycle is returned is completely unspecified - it could be 50p or £50k.
- The railings are on the property boundary - any bicycle locked to them will remain on the pavement with only e.g. one handlebar and a small portion of the lock crossing onto the private land.
(* - Let's assume that the business owner isn't going to cut up his own railings)
Edited by Prolixia, 18 May 2012 - 02:55 PM.