The Bicycle Thief

[Hey, You!] Enjoying my ride? Great, give it back now . . .

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Long Beach is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S.—with a high rate of bicycle theft. In the past three months, my son has had two stolen and I've had one disappear. We are not wealthy, and this has put us in a bind. Our bicycles are fun, friendly, environmentally sound and an economical mode of transportation. If you needed a bike so bad, you could have asked. I would have found a way to help you get mobile. I've helped people in need in my community before. Now, since my partner and I are both out of work, a new (or even used) bicycle is out of the question. If you find yourself reading this and feel like your karma could use a little help, please return my all-black, eight-speed beach cruiser by 3G, with its back bookrack (curved outer pillars) and night running lights, to the rack at the Ralphs on Fourth. Oh, and please lock it—I'm pretty handy and can get a lock off, as well. Just leave a note on it so I know it's mine. I would appreciate it and might just help you find one of your own if you feel like giving me your contact information. If not, I hope you get a good price and the money goes to help you out of whatever situation brought you to needing my bike so badly.

 
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allancrawford
allancrawford

As Long Beach becomes more bike friendly and as more people ride bikes theft is without a doubt becoming more and more of a problem in Long Beach. We are working with the police to do what we can. But unfortunately their is not a lot that can be done. Please...lock your bike with a very solid lock in a place that is visible to people passing by. We recommend a U lock with a cable through the wheels.

We also recommend registering your bike...so if it is recovered you can prove that it is yours. You can register your bike at the national bike registry http://www.nationalbikeregistr...

And if you are looking for a very reasonably priced used bike check out The Hub on Long Beach Boulevard just south of PCH. It is a non-profit organization that refurbishes bikes and sells them back to the community at a very low cost. http://hublb.com/

Allan CrawfordBike CoordinatorCity of Long Beach

Vla Keyess
Vla Keyess

This could be a really cool way for police to arrest the bike thief too. See, first step, act reasonable, and make the guy feel guilty, then when he returns the bike, and is dumb enough to put is contact details on the bike, the LB Police can arrest him on the spot.

SugeAveryLemonade
SugeAveryLemonade

If they had enough decency to return it, I would think there is still hope for them yet. But if they had the indecency to steal it, they probably won't have the decency to return it. What's sad is that you can post on Craigslist Wanted with a sob story and someone will more likely than not just GIVE you an old bike.

SugeAveryLemonade
SugeAveryLemonade

Where can we get in touch with this person? They sound so rational, level headed and not bitter . I'm sure one of us has a spare bike to give them. We none scum people need to look out for those affected by scum.

Bill T.
Bill T.

There are desperate people then there are scum that just don't give a crap. sigh

Appreciate the reasonable tone of your post. It appears that your sad experiences haven't soured your attitude. I suspect this benefits you and your family in the long run.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Yeah i'd have to agree with you and Tobias... This person is much more cooler headed than I.

Because if it were my bike... 909Jeff would have to smack a bitch!

Tobias0227
Tobias0227

Ditto on the attitude. What a generous, level-headed person. Glad to read there are many decent folks out there who know how to vent without being vindictive . . .

 
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