In a rare act of contrition over a bike-related issue, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly wrote a letter to the City Council member who usually runs his mouth about graffiti, Peter Vallone Jr., concerning the mass seizures of bikes off the streets while President Obama was in town.
While he did say that it was a necessary “security precaution” Kelly did admit the department could have done a much better job at getting the word out and extending the same amount of courtesy they do for drivers:
I acknowledge that more could have been done to notify members of the community in advance that this action would be taken. While signs warning that vehicles would be towed off of Houston Street were posted several days in advance, the signs did not specify that bicycles would be removed as well. I also believe that more could been done to provide specific instructions on how confiscated bicycles could be reclaimed.