Bicycle thefts are on the rise at BART as more passengers pedal to the train stations.

Bicycle owners reported 240 bikes stolen from train stations from June to September this year, compared to 150 thefts during the same months in 2007, BART managers reported to the transit board Thursday.

BART police recently began assigning uncover officers to patrol for bike thieves.

BART spokesman Linton Johnson said bicycle owners can protect their two-wheelers by storing them in new electronic bike lockers that can be rented by the hour at some stations. Fees are paid by a "bikelink" card. For locker information, visit www.bart.gov/guide/bikes/index.aspx.

Some cyclists told the BART board earlier this year that the transit system police were not doing enough to stop a rash of bike thefts.



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