A man in London has called on his council to help clean dozens of drawing pins that were littered along a popular East London tunnel. The tunnel is used daily by cyclists and some claimed that the pins were dropped “deliberately” in order to put off those using push bikes.
The pins were found in Woolwich Tunnel by Danny, a social media cyclist who supports better mobility options across London. He asked for Greenwich Council’s help after picking up around a dozen pins himself.
Currently cycling isn’t allowed in the Woolwich foot tunnel so cyclists have to walk their bike through the underground stretch. Some of these cyclists believe the pins were deliberately placed there in order to put cyclists off of entering the foot pass.
In a tweet Danny said: “Hi @Royal_Greenwich. I’ve just walked my bike through Woolwich tunnel. Some kind soul has sprinkled hundreds of tacks on the floor. Sweeping up would be nice. I picked up about two dozen of them for you.”
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His followers, lots of whom were fellow cyclists, thought that the pins found on the ground were a little more sinister than a genuine arty accident. One man admitted breaking the rules of not cycling in the tunnel and did think the pin droppings were deliberate to target people like himself.
He said: “I used to cycle to work in Woolwich. I’d cycle through the tunnel just like every other cyclist. It could be any disgruntled person who is sick of being close-passed.” Another added: “This looks deliberate.” With one reiterating the message with: “Well done, sounds deliberate to me.”
Multiple cyclists actually reported the matter to the police via Twitter; they took the incident so seriously. However, this is not something that the police are investigating.
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It wasn’t just cyclists who were aware of the danger but dog walkers and wheelchair users joined the conspiracy that this may have been a deliberate act. Although many people have made claims about the dropped pins, nothing has been proven.
A spokesperson for the Royal London Borough of Greenwich replied to Danny’s initial tweet and said: “Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have raised this with our Highways Team – IV.”
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