Industrialized Cyclist Notepad

Bike theft is popular

The Downtown Denver Partnership advises cyclists to lock bikes to bike racks rather than trees, street lights or other sidewalks furnishings. There are 600 racks scattered throughout downtown Denver.

via More cyclists in Denver — and record numbers of bicycle thefts – Denver News – The Latest Word.

You mean one of these racks….

HURST CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING. In other downtown abominations, check out these new racks, which have plates welded where one would most like … to stick … one’s … lock. I should be happy you say, grateful that these things are being installed — racks is racks right? I mean, they are still useable. Unfortunately I can’t get past the sheer stupidity represented in these curious artifacts. Every time I am compelled to use one I find myself grumbling, so I avoid contact.

As the sticker there proudly proclaims, they are brought to you by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, an organization which until now has seemed to view bicycling as a hindrance to business, something to be stamped out rather than facilitated. These pants-suited business boosters never exhibited any appreciation for potential customers on bikes, or the workers downtown, from lawyers to dishwashers, who use bikes to get to their jobs. They certainly had little appreciation for the messengers who served their tenants, I mean overlords. Then the cycling renaissance of the ’00s took the BID by surprise. What are all these people doing riding bikes around down here? Now they present these awkward racks to their friends the cyclists with the prime rack area welded shut to create a place to put their sticker or some other form of advertisement. Am I on hidden camera here? This is a bit like getting a delicious sandwich with a huge bite taken out, and a sticky note there with ‘Brought to You by Mo’s Deli’ written on it. And of course the racks are popping up everywhere — except where they would be most useful. That’s about a D+ for execution, BID.



Bike of the Day: Whichever Bike Was Locked Here

I’ve often seen a mid-range Trek mtb parked at this spot, formerly occupied by a bike rack.

Aspen Bike Share
March 18, 2012, 05:00
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Increase in Southern Cal bike thefts blamed on fixed gear fad
January 9, 2012, 05:57
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Bicycle thefts surging –

Operative word was. For sixteen weeks in 1992.

This is an interesting take on bike theft. Now they want fixed gear bikes as well as the old road frames for conversions. Used to be thieves were completely uninterested in both types.