Darien, CT – The Darien Police Department, in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop 35, the Darien Public Works Department, and the Norwalk Transit District, are completing a problem-solving project intended to reduce bike theft at the Darien and Noroton Heights Train Stations.
Bike theft in Darien is a recurrent problem, particularly at the train stations. Analysis of police department data pointed to outdated infrastructure and inadequate locking practices. New bike racks were obtained through the Norwalk Transit District. Approximately five percent of the cost was absorbed by the Town of Darien. The new bike racks will be installed by volunteers from Darien Boy Scout Troop 35 on Saturday morning, October 19th. The scouts will be led by Life Scout Nicholas Cohen who is pursuing the rank of Eagle. The scouts will be working under the supervision of members from Darien Public Works.
The bike racks are designed to encourage double locking practices (bikes should be secured at two points using two different styles of locks). It is believed that the new racks will reduce theft, promote alternative transportation to and from the train stations, increase overall train ridership, improve the aesthetic appearance of the train stations, and contribute to healthy living and environmental sustainability.
The project includes installation of multiple stanchion style bike racks at the Darien and Noroton Heights Train Stations. The new bike racks will be installed in both the eastbound and westbound lots, although most will be located on the westbound sides to meet with rider demand.
Cleanup and beautification will be conducted at all four locations to include relocating some shrubbery that currently provides concealment for would be thieves. Tasteful signage will also be installed to educate and promote secure locking practices.