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There are 5 comments on Make It Tough for Bike Thieves

  1. Nice article…..remember…locks only keep honest people honest. No mention is made about the new bike locks that both emit an alarm and electric shock to perpetrators or a Lo-Jack for bikes.

    1. Think of how annoying and ineffective loud car alarms are in the city and then reconsider how much worse that would be for bikes. Everyone in Allston/Brighton I’m sure has had the fantasy of going out at 2am and destroying a car that has been sounding its alarm for the last hour; think of what people would do to a bike that’s doing that. The electric shock thing is amazing and probably totally illegal in MA.

  2. Last year the University conducted a bicycle commuter survey. The # 1 request to the survey was MORE BIKE RACKS.
    The University encourages bicycle commuting but the bike racks that are currently on the campus are only for 6 bicycles.
    The article mentions bike rooms but it is not clear where I can find a bike room as a part time commuter student.
    Also, Do we know how many current students own a bicycle on campus?

    1. Hi PeeWee – you are welcome to use the Warren Towers bike room. You just need to register your bike and get your permit through the BU Bike Safety website and then we can ascribe you access to the room with your BU ID.

      There is not an exact number of student-owned bikes that live on campus each semester, but we know the number of on-campus and commuting cyclists have grown and we’re working to improve bike parking access and awareness. We always welcome suggestions for bike parking locations and encourage the BU community to visit the BU Bike Safety website (www.bu.edu/bikesafety) where you can register your bike, check out the resources, and report abandoned bikes so that we can get them removed from racks and make more space available.

      Please reach out to us at anytime either through the Bike Safety website, by email bikesafety@bu.edu or find us in the Twittersphere @BUBikeSafety

  3. Glad BUPD is working to help keep bikes from being stolen, but I’m still lost as to why they refuse to ticket the cars & trucks that park in the bike lane on Comm Ave Eastbound between St. Mary’s and Kenmore every single day. To the above comment; register your bike down at Parking and you’ll get access to the bike rooms.

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