How Long Will A Bike Last On The Streets Of New York?


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Hudson Urban Bicycles decided to try out something interesting in New York's SoHo neighborhood-chain up a bike, take a picture of it every day and see how long it takes to disappear, piece by piece.

The findings were surprising at first (it took nearly six months for the first piece to be stolen), then slipped rapidly into familiar territory (only took another 30 days or so for the bike to disappear completely).

Hey, at least the thief (or thieves) waited almost six months before snatching the bike up piece by piece, that has to be a world record!

--via Geekosystem


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1) I am skeptical about the broken windows theory.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory#Criticism_of_the_theory

2) I find it strange that the lock is one of the first things to go (together with the basket but after the water bottle) but that the bike stays.
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I'd say this is cool, or some kind of commentary on crime, but it really just strikes me as a form of littering. If the thing is abandoned for months, it should be moved out of the way. Reminds me of a car that was abandoned on the busy street where I worked once. It was there all through the winter, buried under the snow, before the spring thaw and the tow truck cleared them both away. It took up a valuable spot and was an eyesore and I was happy to see it go.
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That actually seems like a good thing, even though they did leave a bike sitting there forever. It went untouched for six months. It's not like the thieves actually waited six months, and then said, "okay, now it's time."
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How is it that the bike lock disappears (@ ~0:33) but the bike stays for several more days. Who would steal the bike lock but not the bike? I don't trust this.
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