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Bike Notes | SDOT looking into bike rack thefts, new E Pine ‘conflict’ markings

"Thanks to simple bolts, @UrbanRacks A racks are easily stolen. #infrafail" (Image: @seawonkery via Instagram)

“Thanks to simple bolts, @UrbanRacks A racks are easily stolen. #infrafail” (Image: @seawonkery via Instagram)

  • Double check that bike rack: SDOT is looking into the problem with one variety of bike rack in use across Capitol Hill and the rest of Seattle. You can see evidence of what happened recently at the rack adjacent Montana’s streatery on E Olive Way. “The dude rode up on his bike, cut off the rail, rode the stolen bike away,” CHS is told about the full-rack heist. Then he returned on foot to retrieve his bike.” We’ve asked SDOT for more information on the issue and we’re told they’re working on it. Meanwhile, here’s a similar rip-off reported in West Seattle.
  • New markings: You may have noticed yet another new pavement marking joining the increasingly decorated streetscape of Capitol Hill. These new green hashes on E Pine as it crosses Boylston are intended to mark a possible “conflict area” in an effort to increase safety at the crossing. For more on the various markings you’ll find these days around Capitol Hill and beyond in Seattle, check out the National Association of City Transportation Officials guide to “colored bike facilities.”
(Image: @MattBaume via Twitter)

(Image: @MattBaume via Twitter)

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Sam
Sam
5 years ago

“The dude rode up on his bike, cut off the rail, rode the stolen bike away,” CHS is told about the full-rack heist. Then he returned on foot to retrieve his bike.”

So someone just watched all this happen and did nothing but tell CHS about it?

Sheesh.

Neil
Neil
5 years ago
Reply to  jseattle

It was reported to police, but they were too slow to respond.

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John Feit
John Feit
5 years ago

Thanks for the post, Justin.

It is always best to secure one’s bike to a rack with a cross bar of some kind, like the one in the photo. Secure your lock to the enclosed part, that way even if the rack is unbolted or cut, the bike is still secured to the rack and the thief cannot ride away without dragging the rack around.

JB
JB
5 years ago

On any downhill grade, narrow bike lanes in the door zone are unsafe bullshit and should not be marked by SDOT nor used by people biking, and the “conflict area” paint doesn’t change that.

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