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As seen on a bike rack on LaSalle at Monroe.  Charming, eh?

Tags: advertising, bike, junk, rack, sign

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I spotted this last night.  The question is - how quickly can we get this junk removed?

Maybe we can start another campaign that awards us an apology and a pledge never to do that again (like in 2010 with Domu).

Or pliers.

I've seen others like that before. I just folded them double and stomped on them, till they were out of my way.

Wire cutters anyone?

And we can send them the message that we don't want THEIR junk on our bike racks.  Here's their contact link.

Here's my message to them:

When your advertising signs are attached to City of Chicago bike racks, blocking needed bike parking spaces, that's JUNK.  Please STOP doing this!  

You owe the Chicago bike community an apology for this unacceptable marketing tactic.

http://www.thechainlink.org/forum/topics/got-junk

Contacted them.

Given that there is plenty of competition in Chicagoland for this kind of service, I'll look elsewhere next time I need them.

https://www.google.com/search?q=junk+removal+chicago

Don't feel bad about removing this yourself. I've removed signs from the public way - yes, sometimes I happen to be carrying scissors. 

:)

Steven Vance said:

Don't feel bad about removing this yourself. I've removed signs from the public way - yes, sometimes I happen to be carrying scissors. 

The idea of removing this sign doesn't give me a second of regret.  I'm disappointed that I forgot to bring my wire cutters along so I could do it today.

Steven Vance said:

Don't feel bad about removing this yourself. I've removed signs from the public way - yes, sometimes I happen to be carrying scissors. 

Not entirely sure about this, but I think this section of the Chicago ordinances prohibits signs like that:

Title 10, Section 10-28-064

Except as specifically permitted by this code or when authorized by contract
entered into by the purchasing agent in cooperation with the commissioner of
transportation pursuant to Section 10-28-045, no person shall place, install or
knowingly maintain on the surface of the public way any sign or a structure or
device to which such a sign is affixed. Any such sign, structure or device that
is placed, installed or maintained on the public way in violation of this
section is hereby declared a public nuisance and may be removed at any time by
the commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection at the expense of
the person responsible for the violation.

Any person
who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200.00
and not more than $500.00 for each offense. Each day that such a violation
occurs shall be considered a separate offense.

Credit where credit is due. Just got this reply from their marketing manager. Someone might check whether it actually got removed.

"Dear Cyclist,

 

At 1-800-GOT-JUNK? we employ magical Sign Fairies who are usually discerning about placement. Our new class of Sign Fairies that we are currently training is a bit over zealous with their sign placement. They actually escaped from their cage last week and it’s clear that one of them has visited your Starbucks bike rack in Chicago.

 

We acknowledge that this sign placement was inconvenient. Please accept this email as a sincere apology from our corporate head office and our local franchise. We dispatched a team to remove it this morning; it is gone now.

 

Sincerely,

1-800-GOT-JUNK?"

Just throwing this out there for consideration--

would our reactions differ if there was a sticker for bike winter, a bike shop, a concert, a local microbrewery?  The sign does not really impede locking up bikes.  I think a value judgement was implicit here. I agree with the removal...I'm just saying...

An amusing and prompt response - bravo!

Duppie said:

Credit where credit is due. Just got this reply from their marketing manager. Someone might check whether it actually got removed.

"Dear Cyclist,

 

At 1-800-GOT-JUNK? we employ magical Sign Fairies who are usually discerning about placement. Our new class of Sign Fairies that we are currently training is a bit over zealous with their sign placement. They actually escaped from their cage last week and it’s clear that one of them has visited your Starbucks bike rack in Chicago.

 

We acknowledge that this sign placement was inconvenient. Please accept this email as a sincere apology from our corporate head office and our local franchise. We dispatched a team to remove it this morning; it is gone now.

 

Sincerely,

1-800-GOT-JUNK?"

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