Mark Ostler, Media Relations Officer for GO Transit, has responded to the bike thefts at Weston Station. GO’s response: a bit of shame you lost your bike. Call the cops if you see someone stealing.
GO Transit is aware of four reports of bike thefts in recent months at Weston Station. Our transit safety patrols and station staff have been notified of the thefts and are on alert for further suspicious activity. Toronto Police are also aware of these incidents. Local riders are encouraged to report suspicious activity or crimes in progress first to Toronto Police and second to GO’s Transit Safety Dispatch, at 1-877-297-0642.
Your humble correspondent is not going to shoot the messenger, but this cheeses me right off. GO knows of one bike being stolen every two weeks since the station opened—and they’re not going to do anything about it. And, let’s be real: more bikes have almost certainly gone missing and unreported; bike theft is seen as an unsolvable crime (because it is), and GO is seen as an unmoveable bureaucracy (ahem…).
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not an unsolvable problem. It would require a few bucks and a few hours. The problem here is that the money is theirs but the bikes are yours.
- Move the bike racks so that they are in sight of the staff
- Install bike lockers, and heck, even charge users a nominal fee. The city charges $10 a month, and GO already has lockers at many locations.
- Put a camera on them
And, of course, riders need to do their part. I’ve cracked a few locks in the name of science, so take it from me: no barrel locks, no cables, no chains, no ordinary padlocks. You want an MEC U lock, ($25) nothing less.If you’re as cheesed as I am, you can call or email:
Georgetown South Project
20 Bay Street, Suite 600
Toronto, ON M5J 2W3