I loved Talking Heads ‘Road to Nowhere’ – but David Byrne’s bling bling dollar sign as secure bicycle parking seems to me to be going in the same direction and less than cost effective in terms of sustainable use of resources. The bling bling tubular work will make the stands more expensive (certainly than our own secure caMden stands) and I am not convinced will promote secure cycling practice, or survive Art cliché in terms of a comment on New York. Too many artists have used the dollar sign to make a comment on American culture for me to be impressed – but then call me picky.
What on earth do you do with nearly 3000 stolen bicycles?
“The most hated man in Torronto” has been arrested after police found a hoard of bikes and drugs at a number Mr Kenk’s properties and rental properties.
Mr. Kenk’s legacy now fills a former police garage with a leaky roof. Organized by brand name and mostly resting on their handlebars, wheels pointed upward, are 2,396 of the bicycles that police say Mr. Kenk either stole or arranged to have stolen.
The jumbled collection of bicycles suggests that Mr. Kenk is the unofficial world champion of bicycle thieves. But as he awaits trial next month on 58 charges related to theft and drug possession, the biggest mysteries of all are Mr. Kenk’s motives and his ultimate plan for the armada of steel, rubber and aluminum he amassed.
“He’s easily the most hated man in Toronto,” said Alex Jansen, a filmmaker who has been working on a documentary about Mr. Kenk for more than a year as part of a study of his rundown neighborhood’s transition to hipsterdom. “But I just found that it’s not as black and white as I originally thought.” Read the rest of this entry »
Thorpe. A, (August 2008) Are you a lack lustre locker? Chain Reaction, Bike Biz. Article discussing the impact of cycle theft on the UK cycling trade and what cycle retailers can do to prevent/reduce it. Published on paper and online. Download here.