Google's iconic colorful bikes around town have always cheered me up when I see them. How cool of a company to provide an easy, environmentally kind way for their employees to get around.
Thing is, for years I've called their hotline when I see abandoned bikes around town. I guess I thought of them like the shopping carts you see in every neighborhood. No big deal. As a child I was homeless and we had homeless friends with shopping carts.
Sometimes it was disturbing to make the calls because our company is located right next to Stevens Creek and I would see some thrown into the creek. Sometimes I would dutifully fish them out and place them next to the road so the nice Google van driver who responded to my call could find it. But then I learned they have waders and tools to fish them out of the creeks because it's pretty common.
Now I hear that actually, they have 5 vans and 30 contractors dedicated to retrieving lost and stolen bikes. Up to 250/week. Eh? Who are the people who take them and discard them in creeks?