near his Silver Lake home An the car-lite Los Angeles is struggling to cultivate, Fishman was invested in the bike. It was his primary means of transportation
In Los Angeles and virtually every city in North America, bicycle theft has almost become a crime without consequenceso widespread that is a problem and more like one of the costs of urban life. Thieves can quickly cut locks on a target that serves as its own getaway vehicle, sell their ill-gotten goods to fencers for pennies on the dollar, and rest assured they will almost never be busted. Law enforcement officials, busy with other priorities, rarely commit to sustained campaigns to bust theft rings or even pursue arrests.
Cycling advocate J Allard and
get drivers out of their carsthey are unwilling or unable to protect bicycles from theft?
responsibility for theft prevention bike owners don't do themselves many favors. icycle advocates seethe he police are often correct. Too many consumers are reluctant to invest in quality locks or take the time to properly secure their bicycles in public locations. Many don't even bother to write down the serial number, making it virtually impossible for police to return should recover. Too many consumers also turn a blind eye to obviously stolen bikes being sold .
in urban cycling in recent years hasled to some more serious attempts to combat the problem.
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likely widespread, comprehensive strategy developed by advocate J Allard, is trying to convince cyclists, bike-shop owners, law enforcement officials, governments and even online resellers to . His company offers online registration for cyclists that can be affixed to a bike much like a motorvehicle plate. He hopes the tags will aid in recovery of stolen bikes disincentivie thieves .
For th system to be effective, however, it must be adopted cross jurisdictions. shares similarities with mandatory bicycle registration an idea that is anathema to many cycling advocates because it often gets conflated with bike licensing, which is seen as a counterproductive attempt to limit the rights of cyclists on the road.
Even with a widely adopted registration system will still require something even greateran acceptance by society that the problem isn't trivial or unavoidable. Until then, disheartening advice doled out by veteran cyclists the world: If you don't want your bike stolen, don't ride a bike that anybody will want to steal.
Tom Babin is the author of "Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling." He blogs about bikes at shifter.info.