A friend of mine was in need of a used bicycle for his out of town visitors, and I foolishly recommended "The Blue Newspaper" (Den Blå Avis), an online place to buy and sell stuff. It turns out that the majority of the bike listings my friend called was shady. When he asked if the bicycles came with papers or some kind of guarantee that they were not stolen, he was reprimanded by the sellers that this was not a question one asked. One even offered to make some papers up. It creeps me out that this is so organised, and out in the open.
Every once in a while the media touches on the subject, and one time an anthropologist said that the trust we show each other works like a glue in our society. If feels good to trust your neighbour, just like it feels good to have his trust. But once the glue disappears it is almost impossible to restore, and as such the petty crime of stealing a bike is more damaging than it appears. I know this to be true because even if I feel paranoid at times, my three bicycles lost has cost me my glue, and I double lock my good friend to anything I can. And that does not include the flimsy front wheel parking solution, that belongs somewhere in the last century.
All I'm saying is that we need the law prohibiting stealing and selling stolen bicycles enforced. And until we get that glue back, we need something to lock our bikes to. I am a little bit in love with this one, a prototype of a bicycle parking car rack, spotted outside the international Velo-city bicycle conference. Come to mama.
1 carspace holds 10 bicycles.
And it even comes with a built in pump. I love good thinking.
I don't know if it is intentional, but the outline of the car makes me think of this one.