Bike thefts at College Park Metro up despite secure facility

Bike thefts are up despite the opening of a secure bike facility at the station. Photo: ABC7

Despite taking unique steps to combat bike theft at the College Park Metro station, statistics show that thefts at the Green line stop are actually up.

The Diamondback reports that bicycle theft at the station that sits less than a mile east of the University of Maryland is up, even after Metro built and opened a special bike and ride facility there.

In May of 2012, Metro cut the ribbon on the 2,400-square-foot bike locker, which can securely hold up to 120 bikes. After paying a $5 key fee, cyclists can park and lock their bikes for as little as 2 cents per hour.

The facility is protected by keyed access and surveillance cameras, but officials tell The Diamondback that riders simply aren't using the locker.

"When you think of the value of bikes, it's a small investment and a prudent one for riders to consider," Metro spokesman Dan Stessel told the paper.

College Park's bike and ride facility is the only one of its kind in the Metro system.