Concern is rising within the biking neighborhood in Berkeley, California after a number of bikejackings in current weeks.
A minimum of 5 riders have been confronted since late March, with every theft sharing an identical methodology. The victims are usually approached when driving alone, compelled off the highway by not less than one car, after which have their bicycle stolen at gunpoint or knifepoint.
Many of the thefts have taken place on Grizzly Peak Boulevard, above the faculty city of Berkeley within the East Bay space, round 10 miles (16 km) east of San Francisco.
In accordance with the Berkeleyside newspaper, the spate of thefts started on the night of March 23 when a bike owner on close by Wildcat Canyon Highway was “run off the highway … by two males in a gray VW or Toyota sedan. He surrendered his bike when threatened with a knife,” in line with a neighborhood member.
Days later, two cyclists within the house of half-hour had their bikes stolen at gunpoint on Grizzly Peak Boulevard, with one other tried theft in the identical interval.
CBS reviews that on April 10, a mountain biker on Grizzly Peak had his Transition twin suspension bike stolen by two armed robbers who fled the scene in a black or gray Volkswagen or Volvo.
The string of thefts has rattled the native driving neighborhood. CyclingTips has heard from a lot of native riders, and understands that the thefts are a daily theme of dialogue amongst members from driving teams together with Cal Triathlon, the Grizzly Peak Cyclists membership, and the Berkeley Bicycle Membership. Some have gone so far as issuing recommendation that the Grizzly Peak space ought to be averted altogether, or solely ridden in teams.
“We’re involved. So with yesterday’s journey, we had a little bit prep speak to speak about what we will do to be protected,” Grizzly Peak Cyclists Membership President Mary Ann Jawili instructed CBS San Francisco.
The thefts come within the midst of a broader string of armed robberies in Berkeley, though particulars of the bike thefts are exhausting to pin down because the East Bay Hills space falls into a number of totally different police jurisdictions.