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Citywide Bike Thefts in D.C. Decline Over Four Years, Yet Ward 6 Remains a Hot Spot

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:04

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Washington is one of America's top biking cities.

Doesn't matter if the bike costs a $100 or $10,000 , they're gonna get sold for $100 to $200, depending what's on them”, Billing said. “People who are stealing them aren't combing the streets for bikes of certain type. They're just looking for bikes that are easy to steal. It's too high profile to get the money for what they're worth.”

Billing said that used bike buyers should pepper any seller with questions (“Where'd'ya get it? How long have you had it? What kind of riding do you do with it?....”) to figure out the legitimacy of the seller.

Even a few of the fire-hydrant red Capital Bikeshare bikes have been stolen.

There have been fewer than ten lost/stolen bikes since we began operating in September 2010,” John Lisle, a spokesman for D.C.'s Department of Transportation which operates Bikeshare, wrote in an emailed response, “As per the user agreement, a member who loses a bike is liable for up to $1,000.”

With rental fees ranging from $1.50 (for 30 minutes to an hour-worth of riding by members) to $94.00 (for six hours to an entire day of riding by non-members), a badly locked or unsecured bike could cost renters more than they think.

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