Today’s Winner of the Poorly Locked Bike Contest

Background Reading

 Summary

On the ChainLink Bicycle Forum there is often a chance of people who care about the welfare of others in the bicycle community to come together and offer a solution to a pressing problem. The thread below could have been just that sort of opportunity. It followed another one in which people vented about a particular bicycle theft photo and thefts in general but rather than offering much in the way of solutions the discussion devolved into the best ways to use a handgun to protect your property.

What generally leaves bicycles open to theft is ignorance. Dispelling that ignorance should be the stated purview of a group like the ChainLink. They did come together (at least some of them did) when a sub-group was formed to help generate some propaganda on “Dooring“. It took the form of a handout that was in fact passed out on several days by members of this ad hoc committee.

Bicycle locking is something that takes a consistent distribution of information. A handout of some sort really ought to be available from folks on the ChainLink. A simple sticker with the URL of the location on the ChainLink where further information is kept would suffice. The sticker (easily removable) could read “I could have stolen your bike today, learn how to prevent this!“. Printed in a bright red color that should catch the eye of even the most jaded cycle commuter.

The Original Poster of this thread is missing an excellent opportunity to both share his knowledge and attribute it to his association with the ChainLink. Pointless ridicule serves no purpose in advancing the cause of limiting bicycle theft.

The Original Poster of this thread is missing an excellent opportunity to both share his knowledge and attribute it to his association with the ChainLink. Pointless ridicule serves no purpose in advancing the cause of limiting bicycle theft.