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VIDEO OF THE DAY: The (Self-Victimizing) Bicycle Thief
March 14, 2012
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Spring is around the corner (and in some parts of Canada, may even already be here), and with it comes the return of two-wheeled transit: Bike season has arrived.

But with bike season also comes bike theft season, and commuters run the risk of losing their mode of transit if they're not careful.

In some places, that's easier to do than in others. Filmmaker Casey Neistat has had countless bikes stolen in the 11 years he has lived in New York City. Frustrated by the apparent ease with which thieves can steal (pedal-powered) vehicles in even the most highly populated areas, he and his brother set out to conduct an experiment: Neistat was filmed stealing his own bicycle in several different locations, in the light of day and in front of many witnesses. He even pulled the stunt in front of a police station.

Did anyone try to stop him? Perhaps not as many as you might have hoped, as this video from The New York Times shows:

This isn't the first time Neistat has used his video camera to document the challenges of being a New York cyclist. Last spring he demonstrated the absurdity of trying to commute by sticking completely to bike lanes.

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