Introduced order to limit bicycle theft until council vote

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By C. Jayden Smith

Among a loaded list of items to be discussed at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening June 7 is a consideration of whether to introduce an ordinance to tackle bike theft in the city.

The vote comes after council in early May asked city staff to create a proposed draft ordinance.

Following in the footsteps of the cities of Long Beach and Huntington Beach, the ordinance would prohibit individuals from repairing, assembling, disassembling, selling or distributing bicycles or bicycle parts on public property or in the public right-of-way, except “under certain terms “. conditions.”

Nearly 30 bike thefts were reported in San Clemente between January and May of this year, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, likely only a fraction of the actual amount.

“The proposed order seeks to limit or reduce these crimes, as well as illegal ‘bicycle shops’, by prohibiting such activities, preventing unauthorized commercial activities in public and, if items are lost or stolen , returning these items to their legal owners and deterring future bike theft,” the city explained in its diary report.

In their previous vote, council members expressed concern about thefts occurring in the city, with council member Steve Knoblock calling the activity a “serious” problem.

Deputy Director of Community Development Adam Atamian recommended that city staff’s work in the meantime to craft the ordinance include more restrictive language than similar laws in other cities.

If the ordinances pass, new language would be added to the San Clemente municipal code prohibiting a person from performing repairs and other activities on a bicycle frame that has had its gear cables or brake cables cut. .

In addition, individuals would be prohibited from repairing, assembling or selling three or more bicycles or bicycle frames “with or without missing parts”, such as grips, handlebars, wheels, pedals and seats, for to name a few. The same applies to those who handle five or more bicycle parts detached from a bicycle.

According to the report, the exceptions include activities performed with a valid license or permit, or where a person in lawful possession of their bicycle or bicycle part is present with valid evidence to support their status as owner.

Each violation, qualified as an offence, will be considered separately.

“Each unlawfully possessed bicycle or bicycle part is a separate violation,” the draft order reads.

If approved at Tuesday’s meeting and passed second reading at the June 21 meeting, the ordinance will come into effect on July 21.

C. Jayden Smith

C. Jayden Smith graduated from Dana Hills High in 2018 before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in digital and broadcast journalism at the University of North Texas. After graduating in December 2020, he reported for the Salina Journal in Salina, Kansas. Jayden loves college football and bothers his black lab named Shadow.

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