Pacific Northwest - No bike theft problems in Portland?
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04-18-11, 06:10 PM
My son will be attending grad school at Oregon Health and Sciences in June. When we were helping him look for a place to live back in February, we took the tram from the river area up to the campus. There was a rather large bike parking area at the bottom of the tram and I was amazed at how many nice bikes were parked there. Aren't there any bike thieves in Portland? Is a U lock good enough?
How is the bike commute from the Goose Hollow area to OHS? He was talking about either riding to the tram or straight to the campus.
04-18-11, 07:51 PM
From Goose Hollow to OHSU almost isn't worth getting the bike out. That's only a mile or two- walk! If it's too much, the Streetcar covers most of that route.
My preference for riding in downtown would be a beater-ish fixie or single-speed. You can get away with a U-lock and an expensive bike, but why risk it?
04-18-11, 10:28 PM
I think people feel comfortable locking up their bikes there because there is almost always a security guard at the bottom of the tram, as well as a ton of foot traffic. As well as having the street car coming every 15 minutes through there, its just a very visible place that you probably won't find a thief.
That being said, I bet you that if you went in to steal a bike, nobody would stop you... Just saying.
04-20-11, 10:56 AM
eh.. We have bike thieves - http://bikeportland.org/2011/04/19/man-caught-on-camera-using-hacksaw-to-cut-bike-lock-51725
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