Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Important: Bicycle theft study

I received today the email below.
If you are a Montréal cyclist please contribute to the improvement of our cycling experience by answering the survey. If you're not but you know someone who is, please forward it to them.
It is important that the cycling community gets as vocal as possible and gets its positions and opinions heard.


Bonjour les cyclistes de Montréal ! Hello Montréal cyclists! 

(English version follows)
Le groupe de recherche multidisciplinaire en transport de McGill (TRAM) mène présentement une enquête visant à comprendre le vol de vélo à Montréal afin de formuler des recommandations sur les moyens de diminuer les incidents de vol. Ce sondage prendra entre dix et quinze minutes. Dans notre dernier sondage, près de 50 % des participants ont indiqué qu'ils avaient déjà été victimes d'au moins un vol de vélo.
Cliquez ici pour participer au sondage:
Ce sondage a pour but de comprendre et, par la suite, de prévenir dans la mesure du possible le vol de vélo à l'aide de vos recommandations. La population ciblée pour ce sondage comprend tous les cyclistes âgés d'au moins 18 ans à Montréal. Les résultats seront présentés à la Ville de Montréal, la Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) et Vélo Québec, et seront publiés au mois de septembre 2012 sur le site du groupe de recherche:
Nous sommes très reconnaissants de votre participation et de votre contribution à cette enquête!

The inter-disciplinary research group, Transportation Research at McGill (TRAM) is currently undertaking a survey aimed at understanding bicycle theft in Montreal to develop recommendations on how to decrease instances of theft. This survey should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes of your time. In our last survey approximately 50% of respondents indicated they had already had at least one bicycle stolen.
Click here to participate in the survey:
Our current survey aims to comprehend, and consequently also prevent, bicycle theft as much as possible through your recommendations. The target population for this survey includes all cyclists in Montreal who are 18 years or older. The findings of the survey may be presented to the City of Montréal, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), Société de Transport de Montréal (STM), and Vélo Québec, and will also be published in September 2012 at:
With a bit of your time you can help us understand your concerns about bicycle theft, and assist in making recommendations to prevent bicycle theft from happening in the future!

Thank you!

SVP, faites circuler ce sondage dans vos réseaux / Please distribute widely through your networks

Dea van Lierop, M.A.
MUP Candidate (2013)
School of Urban Planning
McGill University


  1. I do not live in Montreal, however after having one bicycle stolen, I decided to get a folding bike. I can take it inside with me most places, I now store it in my closet at night, and I hardly ever have to leave it locked outside. It seemed like the easiest, most logical solution to the theft problem for me.

    1. I haven't tried a foldie yet. I worry though about its carrying capacity: I sometimes haul more than 15 kg (on top of myself)!


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