How to Lock Your Bike

The following information is from Momentum Magazine. Read the entire article here.

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Illustrator: Thomas James

A man sauntered into our neighborhood bike shop and examined the display of locks. He hefted the most impressive one, a massive, heavy chain, looked at the price tag and frowned. “I don’t know if I can afford it,” he said to the shop owner.

“Can you afford to have your bike stolen?” the owner replied.

This is, in a nutshell, the basic logic of bike security. Bikes are light and easily transported, convenient qualities not only for bike owners, but also for bike thieves. They’re also easily resold, infrequently tracked down by law enforcement, and too often perceived as an “assumed loss,” – many people simply expect to have their bicycle stolen at some point. As a result, bike theft is an absolutely massive – and growing – problem in many cities worldwide.

As the number of bicycles on our streets increase, so too do the number of people trying to make a quick buck off of their vulnerability. But your bicycle doesn’t have to be an assumed loss. By taking a few simple precautions and investing in a decent lock or two, you can basically ensure your precious ride will always be exactly where you left it.

Continue reading the article here.

And here is a good video for the school children on how to lock their bike at school.

Active Living Includes Teens Too!

October Bike to Work/School Challenge, and Momentum Magazine Calls for Stories from High School Cyclists

high school cyclists - bike to grad

BTW

In a bicycle friendly city like Decatur we love to see students biking all the time and this Fall there are two opportunities for TEENS to have a voice. 1) Share your story as Momentum Magazine offers and 2) be sure to enter the October Bike Challenge open to teens aged 13-18.  Just click School Challenge athttp://www.atlbiketowork.org/  and while you are at it, invite mom & dad to bike to work and participate in the challenge too championed by the Clean Air Campaign.

Bike to Prom (pictured). If you’re a teenager who regularly bikes to school, it’s time to tell your story. There are lots of planners and engineers working to get more cyclists on our streets, but we really need to hear from some teenagers! What’s your story? Momentum Magazine has four categories that they’re curious about, pick one and share your story:  http://www.urbanthinkers.ca/high-school-cyclists/

  1. Do you love biking to high school? What’s your story?

  2. Are you pretty much the only student who bikes to your high school? What’s your story?

  3. Are there lots of students who bike to your high school? What’s your story?

  4. Were there some real barriers you had to deal with before regularly biking to high school? What’s your story?