According to police, bike thefts are increasing in New York City during the pandemic.
New Yorkers reported 4,477 stolen bikes from March 1 to September 21, 2020, a 27 percent increase from 3,507 year-over-year, NYPD said.
At the same time, police arrested 204 people for stealing bicycles – less than two-thirds of the amount paid in the same period in 2019.
The increase is due to a national bicycle shortage triggered by bicycle booms in New York and other cities since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“It’s the fastest growing mode of transport in the city, dramatically this year,” said Jon Orcutt, spokesman for Bike New York.
“There are enough negative incentives to ride a bike in New York. We don’t need that extra one. “
City statistics likely underestimate the number of bicycles stolen, the New York Times reported.
Other major world cities have seen similar increases in bicycle theft, according to the Times. Reports of stolen bicycles in Paris are up 62 percent compared to 2019. In London, bicycle thefts have increased by around 30 percent.
To stem the tide, Orcutt said the city must invest time and resources in expanding the bicycle parking facility. He said the solution lies in a mixture of bicycle racks on the street and facilities in the field such as parking garages and bike rooms.
The city’s Department of Transportation missed its goal of installing bike racks by nearly 1,000 luggage racks last year, Orcutt said.
“It’s definitely a space problem. Nobody here has a garage at home, ”he said.
“What you have in a lot of large buildings are under-utilized parking garages that could be used for bicycles.”
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