For some a bike is for leisure, but for others it’s a main mode of transportation.
Vancouver Police are renewing pleas for bike sense from cyclists after a recent string of thefts over the last week, bringing the total to 2800 through October.
Constable Brian Montague has some quick advice for cyclists who want to keep free wheeling on their bikes.
“Record your serial number. Invest in a good quality lock; we have a number of bike thefts in Vancouver that are the result of individuals not locking their bicycles, or their locked improperly.”
Erin O’Melinn with HUB Cycling has more standard bike security tips.
“A cable lock is never adequate. It should always be a metal lock and make sure you’re getting your wheel and frame and the bike rack into the locking mechanism.”
O’Melinn is happy to see police are paying more attention to the issue.
“They’ve launched Project 529 recently and are really encouraging people to register their bicycles.”
Registering your bike is key; Montague notes a stolen bike is rarely returned to an owner without a serial number.
He is encouraging the public to report a bike theft if they see it.
“We can’t fix the problem if we don’t know there’s a problem. We’re well aware bike theft is a concern for people.”
Montague says there have been four bike theft incidents involving five arrests over the last five days.