Kryptonite, makers of the ubiquitous U-Lock, named New York its worst city for bike theft (no surprise, there).
They don’t explain their methodology, just “its own proprietary data,” but here’s the full list:
- Kryptonite’s Top 10 Worst Cities for Bike Theft:
- New York, NY
- San Francisco, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Washington, DC
- Boston, MA
- Eugene, OR
- Philadephia, PA
- Oakland, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Miami, FL
They also suggest a number of fairly common-sense tips (lock to a secure object, lock in a visible, well-lit area), and at least one I’ve never done: “Always lock your bike, especially when at home.” Couldn’t hurt; I may start.
And what city sticks out like a sore thumb from that list? That’s right – Eugene. All the others are big population centers. I guess that’s the downside to being one of the best cities for cycling: If you can get anywhere by bicycle, everybody’s gonna want one.