What is our city doing to curb the bike theft problems?
I was walking along the rivers trail at Royal Avenue and met a By-Laws officer who was carrying what was left of a Mountain Bike, it was a frame, it had been stripped of most of its parts. She said this is a daily occurrence.
We have all seen them, dark figures riding bikes without helmets and often wearing more than one blackened backpack. I saw one riding on Victoria street with a giant bolt cutter in his backpack. Why is this normal street behavior in Kamloops?
Yes I realize the replacement of bicycles that have been stolen is not a taxpayer issue. Taxpayers have to pay to replace their own stolen bicycles. Often this is an expensive endeavor many bikes costing more than the cars on our streets. This leaves a citizen without mode of transportation, or recreational outlet.
We should be promoting cycling to reduce our carbon footprint, increase the support of downtown business (“When New York City introduced segregated bike lanes the average trade rose by 24%.” Peter Walker the Guardian).
We should be planning on how cyclists can feel safe, not only on our excellent Rivers Trail and it’s future connections but when we lock up our steeds to check out a library book, or grab a coffee. I highly recommend 529 Garage as a preventative measure. Our city is proudly known world wide as a Cycling Meca bringing tourists from all over the world to ride their bikes here.
What can our city do? What should we as concerned citizens do?
(Tribe leader of the Cycling Chix, we might be old hens but we can ride circles around young chicks.)