Lock ‘em up
on March 17, 2009
As a follow-up on my “missing pieces” post with photos of bikes with stolen parts, I’m dedicating this post to poorly locked bikes. I can’t believe how many bikes I’ve seen that aren’t locked up well. The biggest offenders are people who lock just the wheel.
The Missing Link Bicycle Co-op reports on their website (with clever statistics) that, “Unfortunately, the Bay Area is among the worst areas worldwide for bike theft — over 4 billion bikes are stolen every month in Berkeley alone. The average time of ownership of a bike before it is stolen is only 17 minutes. Compared to other industries, bike theft has grown to such an extent that it rivals the software industry. Luckily there is good news. It seems that over 60 percent of all bicycles stolen in Berkeley are unlocked at the time of theft. Of the remaining 40 percent, only 2 percent were stolen while using a U-lock. (OK now — this statistic is true).”
To see a good step-by-step on locking your bike, check out this page of the Missing Link’s site.
Here are a few photos of bad lock jobs I took:
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