No Lock, No Problem



My wife discovered a new sign today at our local library, Rogers Free Library.  Posted next to the entrance near the bike rack was a sign reading, “No Lock?  Come to the children’s circulation desk and we’ll lend you one”.  How cool is that?  She asked one of the librarians about it and found out that the kids had been stashing their bikes in the bushes.  Apparently, in the process they were also tramping down some of the plantings.  Rather than just post a sign saying bikes must be parked at bike rack, someone thought outside the box and decided to actually solve the real problem.  Lend the kids locks so their bikes will be safe and at the same time, keep their plantings from getting trampled.  Kudos to whomever came up with this solution!

It made me wonder how many other situations there were like this?  Could schools implement a similar program and would that encourage more kids to ride?  I know, locks don’t cost a whole lot, but they are a pain to haul around.  What if you could be confident there was a lock waiting for you at your destination, would you carry one with you?


  • Dennis
    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    That would be nice. I sometimes change the lock I carry based on how much riding I'm doing and what kind of security I think I'll need.

  • Radarman
    Jan 30, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Why not have locking bike racks? Key stays in the lock until you close it on your bike, then take the key with you. Key gets grabbed on your return. There's a similar grocery cart technology

  • Larry
    Jan 30, 2009 at 8:10 am

    How long before someone duplicates the keys and steals bikes? Ooops.

  • Jan 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I like the idea of a lock integrated into the bike rack idea. Couple this with a credit card swipe, don't charge for it of course just use the credit card as a form of id, and you could do away with keys. If this were Europe or Japan, we could be talking about using a cell phone to unlock a rack.

    As for duplicating keys… I had a very sobering experience a number of years back talking to a friend of mine in the real estate business. He proved, quite effectively actually, that there are actually a fairly small number of master keys out there. Ever opened the wrong car with your keys? I've been witness to it. Locks are really just a deterrent, nothing more.

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