Seniors unleash bikeshare prank at Ballard High

It seems the seniors were busy last night.

Teachers and staff arriving at Ballard High School this morning were stunned to find an army of Lime and Ofo bikes parked in nearly every available spot in the parking lot.

These bikes are parked so neatly, one per spot, it would make SDOT proud.

“Big props to the seniors, this is outstanding!” exclaimed Principal Keven Wynkoop.

Apparently this is the annual senior prank day at Ballard High.

If you need a bike to rent right now, you know where to find one. Here’s the map in the Lime Bike app showing the location of all the bikes:

Nicely done, seniors.

(Second parking lot photo from Eric Souza on Twitter)

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grandma
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grandma

lol…Love the ingenuity of the idea!!!!

Uff Da
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Uff Da

I love it. And, one more reason not to like these bikes littering the sidewalks, waterways, private property and planting strips. Maybe they can be loaded on a truck and taken to a transfer station. Nobody rides them anyway.

MVA
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MVA

Ditto to all the things that normally occupy those spaces.

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

you know, except for the legions of people that ride them all over town. Get out more grandpa.

Bhagwan Shree Sawant
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Bhagwan Shree Sawant

@Andrew
Ageism much?

Dog Lover
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Dog Lover

wah ageism…snowflake

Bhagwan Shree Sawant
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Bhagwan Shree Sawant

Ackshually, age discrimination is rampant in the corporate world – much more prevalent than racism or sexism.

Don’t think too hard about why that is the case, Doggie Lover. Woof!

Dog Lover
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Dog Lover

Because old people are dinosaurs, cannot adapt to change, are bitter, and mostly addicted to opioids?

Robert Brown
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Robert Brown

Well that escalated quickly…

Meg
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Meg

I’m assuming you are being sarcastic and if that’s the case HAHAHAHAHA! that was pretty good Dog Lover :)

Helga Svenson
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Helga Svenson

And up yours too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Uff Da
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Uff Da

If these bikes are such a great idea and everybody was using the bikes, our mischeveous Seniors are denying the owners of these bikes inventory for those profitable rides – and yes it is called ride share. On the other hand, the business model is not working even in China, where it originated. The Chinese have junked the bikes by the thousands, and even the business analysts at Forbes Magazine think it won’t work when they have to start charging market rate to rent the bikes. Come back high schoolers when you have had a couple years of business classes in college. Your opinon will be better informed. I saw one pic that showed a pile of these clunker bikes longer and wider than a football field and piled 100 feet high. Try this link to Atlantic magazine: https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/03/bike-share-oversupply-in-china-huge-piles-of-abandoned-and-broken-bicycles/556268/

elenchos
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elenchos

It makes no difference if you like them or don’t like them. The companies will either keep running or they won’t. People will ride them or they won’t. The fact that you think parking all these bikes at the school denies anybody the use of them is pretty good evidence you don’t understand how they work, and probably didn’t read your Forbes and Atlantic articles very carefully. Your opinion is not well informed at all.

I’d suggest getting out of the house once and trying one out. At least you’d know what you were talking about. But remember: if you try one and you’re still certain they’re terrible, nobody cares. It’s just your opinion. People who want to ride them will still ride them, and those who don’t won’t.

guesty
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guesty

i knew you were erica c is for… barnett!

Public Intellectual
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Public Intellectual

” The companies will either keep running or they won’t.”

Oh looky, the public intellectual suddenly supports the free market.

elenchos
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elenchos

The free market isn’t something to support or oppose. It’s like fire or like rain. It simply exists. It does what it does. For those too childish to realize that life is not fair, it is dogma that markets always produce ideal outcomes. Like believing rain only falls on that which should be wet, or whatever is left after a fire is always the ideal.

Stop thinking like a five year old, accept the life is not fair, and you accept that poverty happens to people who don’t deserve it, just as wealth can come to those who don’t deserve wealth. That’s unfair, but markets do what they do, just like fire burns what it burns. Fire is useful but it’s not God. Markets are only a tool, one tool out of many, not the ultimate tool. Worshipping the free market is childish superstition.

Life is not fair. Get that through your head and you won’t be a conservative any more.

Uff Da
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Uff Da

Just wait until Mike O’Brien asks for money to prop up this failing share bikeenterprise. Oh wait, he already did that with the failed Pronto bikes which are rusting away in a warehouse somewhere in Seattle. Doesn’t Seattle have to pay back some huge federal grant, too? Former SDOT Director bicycle boy Kubley and O’Brien are cut from the same cloth. Too bad that latter isn’t also looking for a new job – maybe he will in 2019.

elenchos
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elenchos

Yep, you definitely have no idea what you’re talking about. None. Are you Jason Rantz?

Lemon
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Lemon
Uff Da
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Uff Da

Uh, who wouldn’t ride on for free to try them out, or maybe for a $1? Wait until the rental rate goes up to market prices, to cover all the other ones that set unused, get stolen by some homeless druggie or maybe even carted off to a high school parking lot, all while trying to give investors a 10 percent return on their substantial investment in these clunkers.

Bolide
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Bolide

Yes, what you say is entirely possible. So what’s it to you? Just looking for an opportunity to say “I told you so”?

Chris Green
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Chris Green

If no one rides them, there’s no need to let them bother you – the companies that have deployed them will be out of business shortly.
However, I’m not sure how you could say “no one rides them” unless you never actually go outside in ballard.

Uff Da
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Uff Da

For every 25-75 bikes on the street, resting unused for 24 hours a day, maybe 1 gets ridden for an hour. If you can show this statement is not true, good for you.

Steve
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Steve

In the first six months, each bike got used an average of a little less than one time per day. http://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2018/05/02/bike-share-by-the-numbers/

Uff Da
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Uff Da

Accounting for the “Gee, I’d like to try this once for free/$1…” effect, do you suppose this will be a profitable venture for the investors financing this little experiment? “….a little less than one time per day.” Oh, yeah this has success written all over it, especially when it gets dark, rainy and cold, as it is half the year around here. Then there is the vandalism, theft, and how is it exactly that these bikes made it to the BHS parking lot? All rentals, right?

Chris McNally
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Chris McNally

If the teachers and students used bikes and bike share you would not need that huge parking lot.

Get over yourself
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Get over yourself

You’re volunteering to carry their musical instruments and sports gear to school?

Lex Seneff
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Lex Seneff

Lockers

dana
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dana

Uh, still have to take the instruments/gear/books home to practice/wash/study. Lockers don’t help with that.

MWBrown
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MWBrown

How did people learn to play instruments before the car? Or, even, before the WIDESPREAD use of cars?

Was there no music in, say, 1920?

St. Nik
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St. Nik

Is that a real question? On horses you knob. Let’s bring back the horse & buggy! The streets and parks are already caked with human road apples ;)

Public Intellectual
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Public Intellectual

If you think life in 1920 was fun, go back and live like that. Give up penicillin too.

Demian
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Demian

Most instruments can easily be carried while riding a bike or cargo bike

Get over yourself
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Get over yourself

Please post a picture (or a record a video) of yourself carrying a lacrosse stick and a trombone up 15th on a bike.

Public Intellectual
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Public Intellectual

Your virtue signaling is perfect.

Sarah Bitter
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Sarah Bitter

The kids do use the bikes. Obviously, they had rental accounts to move the bikes into the lot! My Ballard kid, not a biker, uses the bikes ocassionally. It’s great. I’m not driving and neither is she. Anyway, kids (mostly) can’t park cars in that lot. Teachers do. And if anyone deserves to park close to where they work, it’s teachers. They work long hours and often can’t afford to live close to their school.

Uff Da
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Uff Da

“Obviously, they had rental accounts….” or somebody just tossed them in the back of a pick-up or van and dropped them in the lot. I suggest the latter.

Eric V
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Eric V

Good work Ballard Seniors!

Last day of school, late ’60’s, a collaborator and I conducted a fine prank at Ballard. Earlier in the year we had discovered an abandoned switch in the old auditorium which controlled the bell system throughout the entire school. We used it sparingly to occasionally call for early lunch or let classes out early. We then decided to save the big surprise for the last day of school, when we shorted the switch causing the bells to ring continuously. Because this switch had been long forgotten, nobody knew how to stop the ringing, and all classes were released. I felt mild and brief remorse when I saw the head custodian with a ladder and a wrench, removing the mechanical bells one by one to stop them from ringing.

freshmen
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freshmen

Is there a cliff notes version of this?

doogie
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doogie

10 lines in a blog post was too much for you?
Stay away from books, newspapers and magazines!

Sarah Connor & Winston Smith
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Sarah Connor & Winston Smith

Firstly, its bike rental, not share. Secondly, the only thing you share with them is your data. Thirdly, these companies have ridiculous market valuations. Fourthly, this project was brought to you as much by junk bonds, asset inflation and low rates as much as by the senior class. Fifthly, good job seniors, you’ve given me ideas about how we can beat big brother once the machines become self aware.

MWBrown
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MWBrown

No one cares about your information. You’re not important. But stay paranoid, it gives your life meaning.

Sarah Connor & Winston Smith
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Sarah Connor & Winston Smith

There are two futures for artificial intelligence, data mining and machine learning: Sex Workers and Killing Machines. At some point, they will converge and become the same thing.

https://news.avclub.com/mit-scientists-created-a-psychopath-ai-by-feeding-it-1826623094

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

You haven’t met my girlfriend, Sarah — that convergence has already come to pass.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

Hate to break it to you but if you own a cellphone and have cellphone service your provider is already selling your location information….and you are paying them monthly to make money off of you.

Verizon’s profit margin is 44%, T-Mobil, AT&T, and Sprint are all around 25-30%. Hard to find better margins outside of military contracting and health care.

Asia Argento's Ex Boyfriend
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Asia Argento's Ex Boyfriend

I heard all the lime bikes were quickly removed by nearby tweakers and were piled near RVs, so the staff didn’t have to wait very long for parking to open up.

John W
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John W

Pranks = Ingenuity = Fun

Too Cool
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Too Cool

= 2 Cool 4 U

Public Intellectual
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Public Intellectual

Went swimming and saw this. Just knocked the bike over with my truck and parked.

Craig
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Craig

Before they finally get rid of them they’ll get the city to purchase the floundering business for a couple million then scrape it anyway. Can you say pronto bike ?

CrankyCrank
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CrankyCrank

It’s a cute prank! Clever Beavers!

Ben Dover
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Ben Dover

Whoooooa! Less than 50 bikes.. use of a car to get them there. Dang! Huge!
A lot of angry people in here. Opinions galore… People so quick to throw hate over perspective and in most cases ignorance.
We should educate ourselves before we speak.. or keep quiet until we have some understanding.
Anyone using this as a soapbox should STFU it was a prank.. not even a very good one (sorry Ballard seniors)
See a problem…Stop crying and do something.. all I ever hear is way was waiting.. but no action… No ideas…

P.s. This is not national news.

Richard Bartholomew
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Richard Bartholomew

It is a prank and at the same time a message: Use bicycles more. It will help save our environment by eliminating some pollution from cars, and at the same time make people exercise. Congratulations, seniors, for a job well done.

Aubrey
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Aubrey

I’m noticing lots of hate towards LIme Bike. If you don’t like them, it’s completely fine. But as a 23 year old seattilite who uses them at least once a week, I think some should be made aware that they are frequently used. Maybe not always in the neighborhoods they are parked at, but most definitely along the Burke Gilman trail. I would say when I ride that it’s about 60% owned bikes and 40% lime bikes (or other bike rental companies). I’ve ridden them to work and so have all of my friends who don’t have cars. My friends and I have also gone on bike rides to parks using lime bikes or to get to places when traffic is insane, like the other weekend along Nickerson where only pedestrians and bikers could move. Anyway, I really enjoy using the bikes, others don’t. That’s okay. I hope the bike rental companies succeed, but if not, I suppose it’s time I bought my own bike ;)
Good job seniors! Love this!

Helga Svenson
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Helga Svenson

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Boss of You
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Boss of You

Doesn’t get any better than that senior prank if you’re the Principal. A few dozen rides share bikes neatly parked in the parking lot? #allday #summertime

Cate
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Cate

Great prank Well done seniors.. But lots of hate towards the various bike share programs. Unless you are one of the investors, why do so many of you care that it may not be financially viable. It’s not like Pronto – no public money involved. If private investors lose a little – its the risk they took. And yes, I do occasionally ride a lime e-bike. They are great up the hills.

Sarah Connor & Winston Smith
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Sarah Connor & Winston Smith

I don’t hate the companies, nor what they do, just pointing out that many of the newer services we use today are essentially a free lunch. We’ll see how it works out, maybe it will endure, maybe it will fail.

When these bike programs were announced, I expected people to be at their worst when leaving a bike after its use, but people have surprised me on that point. Humanity +1

P.S. I do wish people we more sensitive to the use of the word “share” its doublespeak!

Patrick
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Patrick

Now if they would have welded them all together. That would have been noteworthy

Jeff Everhart
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Jeff Everhart

This is funny, but this bike share stuff has run amuck!

BeaverGear Mom
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BeaverGear Mom

Funny! I think I know the senior who spearheaded this idea! The article didn’t mention the porta potty parked in the principals parking spot. Good one!