‘Reddy to go to war’: Share bikes dumped in blind man’s backyard

As a blind person, Alistair Lee was already having troubles with share-bikes on footpaths. Now he’s discovered two Reddy Go bikes dumped in his backyard.
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On Friday morning he found two bikes that had been thrown over the back fence of his home in North Sydney, landing in the yard and destroying a clothes line and damaging a table.

Mr Lee, who is profoundly blind, said he discovered the bikes were there when his partner walked into the back garden.

“Sarah went out and said ‘oh my goodness, there’s two bikes in your garden!'” he said.

“It’s literally happened overnight. I didn’t hear them and the dog didn’t either.

“Whilst I am extremely annoyed, I can see the funny side. I guess you could say I’m ‘Reddy’ to go to war with them.

“[The bikes] are still there. I probably won’t get any washing done today.”

The washing line wasn’t the only casualty of the dumped bikes.

“When they’ve thrown the bike over, it’s obviously hit the table so hard it’s bent the table as well,” he said.

He said that this was the first time anything had been thrown into his garden.

“Where we are, we’re in quite a busy area of North Sydney but we’ve never had anything thrown over the back fence,” he said.

A spokesman for Reddy Go said: “We are deeply sorry that the bikes been thrown into Mr Lee’s garden and hope the police would help us to find out who did this. Bad behaviours should be penalised.”

He said the company would collect the bikes, pay to have Mr Lee’s washing line repaired and replace the table.

This isn’t the first time the Reddy Go bikes have caused trouble for Mr Lee.

In early October, he tripped over two bikes that were left in the middle of the pathway near his house.

“I went around to see someone and fell over two of them within half a metre of each other,” he said.

“It is a problem. I’m all for people getting on bikes but I do have a problem with the council having no effective policies for these bikes to be stored. Pedestrian walkways are for pedestrians, not bikes.”

As an online company, Reddy Go only takes reports of misplaced bikes through app, social media and email.

Mr Lee’s partner Sarah Downie posted to the company’s Facebook last month asking for Reddy Go to do more when it came to bikes being dumped.

Alistair Lee’s partner alerted Reddy Go to issues he was having via their Facebook page in early October.

Reddy Go apologised in a reply and said that it employed staff to maintain and relocate bikes across Sydney.

North Sydney Council is set to introduce new policies, aimed at regulating where people can leave the bikes, at a council meeting on November 20.

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