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Portland Deploys Thief-Proof Bike Racks

The city’s bike bandits like attacking racks—but this one fights back.
People examine Portland's new security racks, which include unseen cables that bike thieves have difficulty sawing through.
People examine Portland's new security racks, which include unseen cables that bike thieves have difficulty sawing through.Portland Bureau of Transportation

Unless you encase your bike in concrete and chip it out whenever you need to use it, there’s no way to 100-percent guard your cycle against theft.

But there are steps you can take to make it harder to steal. And Portland recently made an unusual but encouraging one by rolling out cleverly designed bike racks meant to repel all but the most determined thieves.