Bike Use at Virginia Tech Is Up

And with more riders, police also see surge in theft.

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Anecdotally, bike use at Virginia Tech is up. Bike repairmen are seeing an uptick in old two-wheelers needing some TLC, and police report that there is a "marked increase" in bike registrations, the Collegiate Times reports. Perhaps not coincidentally, police have also noticed a 45 percent increase in bike thefts on campus. From January 1 to October 9 last year, there were 29 thefts on campus. This year, there were 42 in the same period, most of which were of unsecured bikes. "People get tired of walking," said a police official. "They see an unsecured bike, and they ride it and ditch it when they're done."