Company brings anti-theft bike rack to Portland

Park-a-bike came to Portland after seeing a story on KOIN 6 News

Bike racks developed by Park-A-Bike make bikes harder to steal, Jan. 13, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Bike racks developed by Park-A-Bike make bikes harder to steal, Jan. 13, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Bikers in Portland lock their bikes but thieves still find a way to take them. Now a California company has a new bike rack they say makes bikes harder to take.

The company, Park-a-bike, came to Portland after seeing a story on KOIN 6 News about a woman whose bike was locked on a rack but stolen when the rack was cut in half.

Bike racks developed by Park-A-Bike make bikes harder to steal, Jan. 13, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Bike racks developed by Park-A-Bike make bikes harder to steal, Jan. 13, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

The California company said their high-security racks have thicker steel that makes them hard to cut, but riders still need to be cautious.

“The location of the locking loop takes a novice bicycle parker and turns them into a pro,” said company president Chris Luyet. “The location of the locking loop almost forces your hand to lock up the wheel and your frame with your u-lock.”

Still, Luyet recommends parking your bike “indoor or in a bicycle locker or in a caged room overnight.”

City leaders also remind bikers to register your bike to make it easier to track if it does get stolen. The city has not announced any plans to change their bike racks at this time.

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