Reported bike theft is down in Denver, but it’s always on the minds of Front Range cyclists

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As thousands of Front Range cyclists make plans to celebrate Bike to Work Day on Wednesday with free breakfast burritos, pancakes, coffee, fruit, smoothies and other treats at dozens of locations across the metro area, three issues are shaping attitudes of cyclists in 2022.

Increasingly crowded roads present a heightened threat to bicycle safety, while supply chain issues continue to limit inventory at bike shops, and bike theft remains a serious concern.

Reports of bike theft are down 27% so far this year in Denver as compared to 2021, following an explosive two-year surge, according to  the Denver Police Department. But the 950 bikes stolen in the city through June 7 are still far too many for Denver councilman Paul Kashmann.

“Even if the numbers are down 27%, the numbers are still disturbing and affecting a whole lot of people,” Kashmann said in an interview. “We just need to do everything possible to prevent that. It’s on everybody’s mind, that’s for sure. If you haven’t had your bike stolen, you probably know somebody who has. And if it’s not their bike, it’s their car or their catalytic converter.”

Bryan Hance, co-founder of the anti-theft website Bike Index, said he’s seen anecdotal evidence regarding bike theft declines observed elsewhere in 2022 that are roughly in line with DPD figures, but he maintains it’s still a huge problem.

“2020 and 2021 were such insane years that sort of juiced the numbers (for reasons) ranging from supply and demand stuff to COVID to draw-down in policing,” Hance said. “In 2020 and 2021, basically every city in the universe saw the highest bike theft numbers they’ve ever had. 2022 is the first year that feels ‘normal,’ but saying bike theft is down 20% or whatever is a function of, ‘2021 was so insane.’ Returning to normal …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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