The joys of living in a bicycle friendly city are many. There are bike lanes everywhere, getting much more exercise, and Baby Bird L-O-V-E-S to be on the back of a bike. In fact, I think it is the one thing that can calm him down when he has skipped his nap or had a hard day. (Hard Day for a 3 year old = that I told him no that he couldn't throw sand in my hair)
However, the good comes with the bad and the bad is that my bike has been stolen. I hope you needed the super ugly teal green children's bike seat in the back more than me you *&^#*^%#$%$#!!!!!!!!
It was simply sitting locked up in my supposedly locked building in a common area for a whole 30 minutes in broad daylight. I did some errands and went upstairs to grab Baby Birds's bike helmet and answer the phone.
When I couldn't find it, it felt a bit like a bad movie. NOOOOOOOO I cried, clutching my hands together.
I now join Ian in Hamburg in mourning the loss of our bikes. I don't know if any of you out there have ever had your bike stolen, but I am really struggling here. First of all, I have to find a new bike. This is not easy when you are not fluent in the language or culture. Think of how many abbreviations there are on websites like craigslist or ebay. Those make absolutely no sense to me in German.
Secondly, I have to deal with a sad toddler who keeps asking why we are walking home from kita instead of taking the bike. (also because he refuses to ride in a stroller at this point).
I can't find any reliable statistics of bike theft but you can find details of why there is a lack here. Numbers don't mean anything to me unless they are included with population of how many people own bikes etc...
In the US, the Scientist bought a bike, while still an undergrad, at a police auction. Later on, he got a threatening letter attached to his bike accusing him of stealing it! He had the proof he bought it legally but we never heard from owner #1 again.
However, I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that in my humble opinion, bike thefts are probably more common here in Germany than in the US. Anyone out there have any info on this? (Of course, it could also be that more people ride bikes here too)
However, threads like this from Germany (in English) where bike theft has just so obviously become a part of the culture disturb me. (Did I really just read that people are too lazy to walk home so they steal bikes???)
Anyway, if you want to join my pity party, please comment below. :)