JustinDiGiulio wrote:I think I might be going crazy, but each day I'm feeling more and more anxious about where I have my bike parked and checking on it's safety.
I have come out several mornings to see my bike tipped over and resting on its side. And the most second most recent time a stolen gas cap and more severe damage.
I'm practicing somewhat safe techniques in my approach to finding and positioning a parting space, but I'm getting pretty upset.
I think I need maybe a rabid hyena to chain to my bike over night. Any other solutions are welcome.
Sorry to hear that, Justin! As someone who has been knocked over, hit, and MOVED
I know how you feel! I've picked up half a dozen bikes and scooters on my block which have been knocked over -- some more than once!
Short term solutions:
* Where you're parked in that picture might be a contributing factor: I've gotten wary of corners. In your particular case, it looks like cars may be turning right at the corner, and cutting the corner.
* I've started parking using a "wide stance" -- parking at a modest angle to the curb -- 60 to 70 degrees, instead of 90. This accomplishes two tasks: It reserves a greater length of curb so that cars don't get quite as close. It also makes the distance the bike sticks out from the curb shorter.
* As much as possible, I try to "team up" with other riders to reserve a block of spots
* A try to park in front of a business or doorman building -- and then I try to get friendly with the owner/doorman so they'll help me!
* After you park, use your camera phone to snap a picture of the cars (and tags!) next to you.
* If you get knocked over, assuming you want to make an insurance claim, you have to call 911 and have the police file a report.
Longer term solutions:
* Convince NYC to create dedicated motorcycle parking spaces!
Oh, also: I would recommend a honey badger. They don't give a shit.