Well, That’s One Way to Steal a Bike

And all this time you’ve been trying to cut the lock, silly.

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Taken on the 1500 block of Spruce Street.

And here’s a similar situation on 11th Street between Spruce and Pine.




One commenter offers a solution. "What they could do is put a thick steel wire in the middle of the pipe," writes Matt Jacobs. "When you cut through the first half it's hard to get leverage or a stable point to continue to cut through. They do it in jails and such."

Another commenter, Rob Flanagan, has a more solid solution. "So, it would be kinda cool if any future bike rack installations were filled with concrete," he writes.

But we like commenter Maggie Guteri's the best: "Or hornets."

Some commenters have indicated that they've complained about these cut bike racks to 311 but that the city isn't doing anything about it.

[Top photo: Sam Robinson]

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  • citywide

    the City is waiting for a federal grant to study the problem,

    • Brennan

      “study the problem” how about we quit waisting money on studying a problem that needs a simple solution?

      • This is Rob

        Concrete fill is pretty simple. I think it could be done to existing bike racks too.

      • vfiorillo

        I am pretty sure that @BIGREDOG:disqus was making that very point…

  • christine

    Hornets, LOL!

  • http://walkbikejersey.blogspot.com/ Andy B from Jersey

    Or they switch over the bike racks made with box shaped steel tubes. These cuts were clearly done with an oversized pipe cuter one spins around the pipe to cut it. If the pipe is box or square shaped, you can’t spin the pipe cutter around it.