SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The growing popularity of bicycling in San Francisco is being linked in part to an increasing problem: bike thefts.

And now, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is trying to figure out a way to put a stop to the increased crime wave.

Supervisor Eric Mar said he wants a thorough study of the problem and a hearing to develop ways to stop it from continuing to happen.

“I’ve had two bicycles stolen from my garage in my building over the past couple of years,” said Mar. “Also from my staff, several bicycles have been stolen. We want to look at citywide data on the issue, but also best practices around the country.”

Supervisor David Chiu was quick to agree.

“This is a topic and an area I’ve looked into as well in part because I’ve had four bikes stolen,” Chiu said.

Mar said 3,000 bikes are stolen in San Francisco each year.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is pushing for a five year strategic plan that calls for additional funding to encourage bicycling in the city.

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