CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On average, about one bicycle a day has been confiscated by Charleston Police in Downtown Charleston since the new bike parking laws were put in place Dec. 1.
The law applies to bikes parked on King Street, between Calhoun and Market Streets, and from Spring Street to Calhoun Street.
Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis says if bikes are not parked in the specified bike corals, they will be confiscated and brought to the police station and owners will have to pay $45 to get the bikes back.
Almost 35 bikes have been taken in since the law went into effect.
With the adoption of this ordinance, the City of Charleston installed more public bike parking spaces. Now, there are more than 80 spaces to park your bike.
Francis says bikes are kept at the station for 30 days and then sold at an auction.