Monday, February 9, 2009
I Just Locked Up My Bike, Again*
What kind of world do we live in when a woman can't retire her pink bicycle for the evening and find it where she left it in the morning? I have theorized that femininity is a deterrent to bicycle thieves--and I'm not the only one--but I wonder if that's true in these trying economic times? Or maybe pink is no longer regarded as overtly feminine? Or maybe bike theft is becoming a less male-dominated field (if you can call it a "field")?
While I'm all for gender equality, I don't want to see a rise in the number of female criminals, or girly bike thefts, or bikeless women cyclists. (I don't wish bike theft on any dudes either). Therefore, I implore everyone to lock up their bikes even if they are pastel colors and have streamers and flowers and whatever else on them. I would think customization of any kind (not just the ugly kind) would scream, "I am loved; don't steal me," but I guess some hard-hearted thieves just don't get the message.
*I have been pretty lax about bike security lately--I've been leaving Praline on the carport unlocked--but, apparently, the new people next door have sticky fingers so after reading about Pinkie, I went outside and locked up Praline.