After seeing all the media hullabaloo about Dear Mom's new bike racks, I eagerly threw on my favorite ill-fitting flannel and rushed over to check it out. Yup, it's a bike rack all right. A well used one at that, but not used well.
See, after some years living in San Francisco, I've seen all sorts of lousy locking jobs: u-locks around quick-release front wheels, locking around seat posts and handle bars, cable locks around fire hydrants... real smooth stuff. However, none quite so bad as this fellow's quality lock-up of simply discarding their bike on the pile.
That's not to say that simply abandoning your bike for the thieving masses isn't a good locking strategy should you be fishing for an excuse to hit up your parents for a new ride. But for everyone else, might I recommend at least zip tying it to a thin tree?