Bicycle Diaries: Yet another bike test

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16.10.08

Yet another bike test

how safe
is your bike?


How long does it take for an unchained bike to get stolen? Mariano Pasik, an Argentine publicist, thinks he knows the answer: about one hour. However, the safer the location, the longer will it take. Pasik recently decided to prove his hypothesis on the streets of Buenes Aires, a city of 12 million. Using cheap bikes and a hidden camera, he simply waited for the thieves to show up; all men, no women. Now he hopes others will join his nonprofit Bicycle Test project to create a worldwide insecurity index. He believes
...[i]t could become an informal crime gauge akin to the "Big Mac Index", which compares the cost of the same McDonald's sandwich in different countries to give an idea of buying power of people in different places...

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