bicycles

9:13pm

Thu May 29, 2014
Transportation

Citizens solve bike theft crimes with social media

Bikes at the Laney Flea Market in Oakland (Isabel Angell)

This story originally aired on April 18, 2013.

If someone steals your bike, it can feel pretty hopeless. That’s because it is. In 2012, 585 bikes were reported stolen in San Francisco – that doesn’t include the many more thefts that weren’t reported. In Oakland, the police department doesn’t even keep track – they just don’t have the resources. And the bikes that are recovered usually don’t make it back to their owners, because the police don’t have enough information.  

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10:41am

Wed July 31, 2013
Transportation

SFPD starts Twitter account to combat bike theft

A screenshot of the SFPD's new Twitter feed devoted to bike theft (twitter.com/sfpdbiketheft)

The San Francisco Police Department estimated in a report this year that over 4,000 bicycles were stolen in the city in 2012. Police recovered 864 of those, but only got 142 back to their owners. So one enterprising officer, Matt Friedman, started a Twitter account devoted to bike theft, @SFPDBikeTheft, to help close that gap.

The account, which went live last Friday, puts out stolen bike alerts, pictures of bikes the SFPD has recovered, and tips to prevent getting a bike stolen in the first place.

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6:30pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Transportation

BART tries out letting bikes on board during commute hours

A bike commuter rides BART during a pilot period that allows bikes on trains during peak hours.
Isabel Angell

Usually, bikes aren’t allowed on San Francisco-bound BART trains during peak morning commute hours, or back to the East Bay in the evening. And they’re not allowed in the 19th Street or 12th Street stations during commute hours at all. But this week, BART has opened up all hours and stations to bikers. It’s a trial period, and to make it work, BART officials and cycling groups are urging to riders follow the rules: no bikes on the first three cars during peak hours, and no bikes on crowded trains.

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5:05pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Transportation

A critical mass that began in San Francisco

On the last Friday evening of every month, the streets of hundreds of cities around the world are transformed. The cars, trucks, and busses that usually dominate the landscape slow down – because they are overwhelmed by bicycles. In San Francisco, cyclists from all over the city, the Bay Area, and sometimes the world come together at the foot of Market Street.

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4:40pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Transportation

SF Bike Coalition plans friendlier roads for cyclists

In Downtown San Francisco on Market Street, subtly hidden next to the glitzy Westfield Shopping center, 10 floors above the newly painted green bike lanes, are the offices are the San Francisco Bike Coalition. It’s big and lofty-feeling; there’s a wall filled with hooks for bikes. This is the brain trust of the city’s bike movement. The person in charge is SFBC’s executive director, Leah Shahum. And she has a vision:

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