it'll be very hard to get wide swaths of America to ditch their cars for bikes until bike thefts are prevented. the ease of bikes being stolen versus improved anti-theft car technology is a burdensome cost for prospective cyclists that'll just lead to people opting for cars.
This is in part why I dont want an e-bike because a four figure pricetag getting stolen doesnt sound good. Just having a regular bike i've witnessed several theft attempts. Sadly this isn't Japan where you can just have bikes sit out and nobody steals it.
There needs to be easier, simpler ways of securing a bicycle that doesn't involve snaking a complicated chain around the tires and a tight u-lock. Secured bicycle stations are one such ways but the actual bike tech themselves must be improved
I know folks have methods but ultimately what takes less time?

Clicking "lock" on a car? Or a chain + seat security + u-lock. Especially if its a quick stop and go operation. I'm just being real, if we want to make cycling widespread the bikes have to be competitive
Bike companies should make like smart bikes. Akin to the smart gun where it only fires if you are wearing a particular watch. The wheels only move with a particular watch or phone.
Also i dont think that bike thefts are the primary deterrent just poor cycling infrastructure but it discourages bike use in some places and adds on another disadvantage since it'll never be recovered

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