This bike was ridden til the tires fell off. It made to the New Bern station, where it sat for over 24 hours – unlocked.
This looks to me like an important journey. He/She was on the street, got a flat, rode the rim, dumped the bike at the New Bern Station ticket machine and hopped on the train – no problem. Arriving at the destination was obviously more important then the bike. Bikes like this one are commonly on Charlotte’s Craigslsit for $50 (probably this exact one, by now). But what is the value of a bike with a flat to a rider that has never changed a tube or knows the cost to do so. As more new cyclists are commuting on the streets, I predict we’ll see more abandoned bikes. Perhaps this is why cities like Chicago, Fruitvale, Seattle, etc… opened full service public bike stations. Maybe Charlotte should get one.