• Sam Viders Mission Statement

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    My thesis is to get more people in NYC to use bikes in cause of reducing pollution of single occupant vehicles and cabs, in my research I have found that bicycle security is one of the highest reasons people don't want to commute to work.

    This will be the issue I would be dealing with, although it may come in several different forms, It can be an awareness of Police/People stopping thieves in broad daylight

    Maybe its a better bike rack? A better Lock (Kryptonite, a bike lock company, has that on lock down though)? Or maybe its an un-stealable bike? Or dealing with bike accessories that get stolen, like bike seats, wheels, LED lights etc...

    The direct aspect of this issue I will deal with is going to be determined from charettes and meetings with experts in this field (NFP) Like Transalt.org (whom still hasn't gotten back to me, Steven if you can help me with that?)

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    The video is really great, Sam, although I am not sure what it proves. I imagine that most people assumed that it was his bike, and that he lost the key or something. What would a "responsible" citizen do when he or she sees someone stealing a bike? Confront the person at the risk of his/her own safety? Bald guys are scary!. You might want to take a look at the case of Kitty Genovese for another example of "by-stander syndrome".

    Anyway, you have made your point, and you will have no difficulty persuading anyone that there is a significant need for products that help ameliorate this problem. If concern about theft or vandalism prevents people from biking to work, then we all stand to benefit from introduction of a product that decreases this kind of crime. The answer could be better theft prevention measures like locks, or reducing the resale value of bikes by making them disposable (like the cardboard bike), or coating them with "invisible paint" like in this picture, but there may be other good ideas for discouraging this kind of anti-social behavior....


  • In response to hilarious, posted by steven landau,
    in the thread Sam Viders Mission Statement

    I agree Steven, I think most people *do* think its his bike and he lost the key or something. But even so it proves a point of "bystander syndrome" It also shows how easy it is to break a chain or lock, although I sent them an email questioning why they didn't use "Kryptonite" brand locks. I suppose because it takes a lot more to break one of those. They are phenomenal bike locks but are considerably expensive, and in NY State their warranty isn't the same as all over the world. I think in NY they only give a one year warranty, of replacing up to a certain monetary amount, in case your bike does get stolen, depending on the bike lock you purchase from them. Either way, this is a major issue, and I have found an amazing survey from the NYC DOT inquiring so many aspects of bicycling, which I'll bring in on Monday, where a major percentage of people wont bike to work because of security of their bike. And I believe that is a direct way of showing a correlation of getting more people on bikes to commute, by solving an incredibly bad problem.

    Thanks for the response


  • In response to Bicycling, posted by Samuel Vider,
    in the thread Sam Viders Mission Statement
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    glad to be of help, Sam. Have you checked out the new NYC bike map? It is great, and it has a ton of information that you need to know about. You might also be able to find out who made the map, then contact them as a source.

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