Transportation Nation reports on what they believe is a breach of etiquette, but I see a bike theft in progress.
Freakonomics Radio Producer Collin Campbell spots a note on a locked bike:
Please remove this bike so that I can unlock my own.
TN posts a photo of the interlocked bikes and the note and chides the offending owner of a brown cruiser bike, because a lack of bike parking is “no excuse to lock your bike to another one.”
They’ve missed the other scenario that I hear is somewhat common. A thief deliberately locks a bike to another bike. The frustrated owners of the trapped bikes find another way home, planning to return later in the hopes that the “top” bike will be gone the next day.
Thief returns that night with tools and a truck and makes off with all of the bikes trapped on that rack.
If you find a strange lock trapping your bike, don’t leave it overnight. In the photo posted at TN, I see a cheap, bottom of the barrel $20 U-lock from MasterLock. Because the way the bike is locked across the top tube, you can use the thieve’s bike as leverage and twist until something breaks — probably the lock shackle, but maybe even the bike frame itself. Give the thief a taste of his own medicine.