Local cyclists have recently voiced adamant protests against the city’s policy of removing unclaimed or badly parked bicycles from the centre. Many argue that the 8,500 bike racks available throughout Florence simply do not meet the needs of the city’s 18,000 bike riders. What’s more, cyclists are required to pay anywhere from 125 to 170 euro in fines and towing fees before reclaiming their towed bikes. But fees are only partly to blame for the 2,000 plus two-wheelers currently abandoned at the city’s bicycle deposit. Italian daily, La Repubblica, reports that 95 percent of bikes removed from the city centre are never reclaimed because San Lorenzo a Greve is an inaccessible location for people whose primary source of transportation is pedal power. Also many ‘victims’ believe their bikes to have been stolen rather than towed.