Research by Richard E. Gordon
Last updated: March 11, 2010
Using masking tape, I taped spot identifiers on the wall next to each bike. A bike on the right side of the building in position closest to the stairwell was tagged with "1L", with 1 standing for the spot 1 and the L identifying the left side of the building. I then posted on the building bulletin board a request for owners (or renters) to tape their names and apartment numbers on their bikes. My bulletin board message warned that unidentified bikes would be removed within two months.
I then took photos of all the bikes, including the tag showing their location. After six weeks had passed, three bikes had not been identified by their owners. I presented the photos of these unidentified bikes to the Board member. I also placed copies of three photos on the bulletin board with a note asking any residents to let me know if they knew who the owners were. After the two month deadline has past, the Board removed the unidentified bikes to a storage room where they would remain for a year just in case their owners had failed to read my bulletin board notice or were away from our condo building for several months.