A group of bikes parked on Valencia St.

San Francisco has big plans to crackdown on bike theft, aiming to reduce thefts by 50 percent by August 2018. As bike ridership increases across San Francisco bike theft is spreading like wildfire, which prompted the Board of Supervisors to introduce an anti-bike theft resolution this past March. Expected to be approved by October 1, 2013, the resolution also plans to expand bike parking, adding 1,000 new racks across the city within the next two years. Read the full story here.

Nearly two years ago, Mission Local reported that bike thefts in the Mission District ranked as the highest across the entire Bay Area, according to an analysis of Craigslist postings.

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Courtney Quirin is a trained wildlife ecologist turned environmental journalist with a knack for photography and visual storytelling. Though her interests span many topics and disciplines, she's particularly keen on capturing multimedia stories pertaining to the global wildlife trade, human-wildlife relationships, food security, international development and the effects of global markets on local environments and cultural fabric. Courtney completed a MSc in Wildlife Management at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she not only learned how to catch and tag fur seals (among many things) but also traveled to the highlands of Ethiopia to identify the nature and extent of farmer-primate conflict and its linkages to changes in political regime, land tenure, food security, and perceptions of risk. From New Zealand Courtney landed at The Ohio State University to investigate urban coyotes for her PhD, but just shy of 2 years deep into the degree, she realized that her true passions lie within investigative journalism. Since moving into the world of journalism, Courtney has been a contributor to Bay Nature Magazine, a ghostwriter for WildAid, and the science writer for Academia.edu. While at Berkeley's J-School Courtney will focus on international environmental reporting through the lens of documentary filmmaking and TV.

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