We don't even know who is handling bike thefts," Andy Thornley, the SFBC program director, said.
Thornley said the coalition is willing to use its membership to help police identify chop shops and fencing rings around the city. He said the police need to do a better job of going after the larger players in the bike theft world and the District Attorney's Office needs to take a tougher stance on prosecution.
Ultimately, Thornley said, enforcement is not the key to reducing bike theft. He said the city must make it easier for cyclists to park their bikes safely. The coalition is crafting legislation that would require all commercial buildings to allow cyclists to bring their bikes inside something many currently prohibit. The coalition would also like to see bike parking lots spring up around the city, with attendants to monitor them.
Supervisor Chris Daly, who is an avid cyclist and has had six bikes stolen, said he is willing to help.
"It's clear we are not doing very much," Daly said. "I think if there were a push from bicyclists to do a better job, I would certainly work toward making theft more of a priority." *
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