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There are 5 comments on BUPD Bugs a Bicycle in an Effort to Deter Thieves

  1. Thanks for this effort BUPD! It is much appreciated.

    Would it also be possible for BUPD to step up enforcement of ticketing or moving motorists who park in bike lanes? And also coordinate with the BU Bus on this? Cars and BU buses routinely park in the bike lanes on Comm Ave, which forces cyclists to merge into traffic at high speeds – a recipe for disaster. Would appreciate if the university took this issue seriously, but it doesn’t appear to do so now.

  2. Highly agree with the above comment. Ubers and Lyfts in particular don’t pay much attention to cyclists on the road.

    In regards to the theft deterrent– thank you, it is much needed. My motor scooter was stolen right across the street from BU pd about 6 years ago!

  3. This is a great addition to keep bikes from getting stolen, and I’m glad BU PD is taking some action into this, especially since I had a properly locked bike stolen a few years ago. However, I also strongly agree with Sam’s comment that something should be done about cars in the bike lane. Of course, there isn’t an easy solution to this given Comm. Ave’s layout, but I often need to pass cars that are stopped in places that make it much more dangerous than if they were just parked in the bike lane. For example, near the GSU when the bike lane splits from the road to go around the T Bus stop, there are often cars which completely block this entrance, leaving bikers with the only option of merging with cars in the right turn lane, even when most bikers are going straight. Any close calls that I have had this year have been due to cars parked in the bike lane that either merge back into traffic without looking or without using their turn signal as well as passengers opening street side doors without checking for cyclists first. It would be nice to see more action being taken on hazardous parking that endangers cyclists.

  4. Thank you for doing this! Bicycle theft is a big issue in so many cities and programs like this can help to discourage people from stealing bikes. I have seen similar programs in places like Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia. There, they also have an initiative where people can borrow a lock from one of the local businesses in case they forgot to bring a lock, so that “I forgot my bike lock” doesn’t have to be a barrier for spending time in the local businesses. It would be awesome to hear the before and after data for bike thefts at BU so we can get a sense of how effective the initiative is. Thanks again!

  5. I’ll get excited about those spiffy new Comm Ave bike lanes when the huge concrete barriers blocking them up by SHS are removed… right now, they’re pretty useless.

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