NYC bike notes: Holy crap, that’s aggressive
Via Streetsblog, here’s a timely warning (complete with vivid picture) that new NYC bike racks may not be up to the task of keeping your ride where you last left it.
As someone who’s lost no fewer than five bikes to malefactors in the last twenty years (and three of those fully and properly secured with the toughest available, NYC-grade Kryptonite lock at the time of their theft), I’ve always understood that there are limits to how trustworthy any mooring is. There’s always a chance, when you tuck your helmet under your arm and walk away, that you’ll come back to nothing but little curls of shattered lock on the sidewalk – but this is ridiculous. The point of failure shouldn’t be the rack itself.
Almost – almost – makes me wonder if the weak-ass rack wasn’t simply an elaborate ruse on the part of motivated thieves. Y’know: emplace a plausible-looking rack, wait until it’s filled up with sweet rides, knock rack over…PROFIT. I guess that’s what a few years in PSYOP will do to your mind.
Anyway, let the rider beware. Riding this town was already enough of a challenge before some joker threw this contingency into the mix.