First off, I would like to say that I don't believe anyone that lives at
the location in question is at all responsible for the thefts. I'm sure the
persons(s) that stole the bikes aren't welcome there. I would also like to point
out that they offered to build a new bike for the owner of the previously mentioned fenders.
Never the less, this does bring up a problem. If Bike Summers intention is to promote bicycling, this is incredibly counter productive.
Here is the story. About a week ago a bike was taken of the porch of a house near the location of the Chopper Building workshop. Then a day or two before the Chunkathalon a bike was stolen from a house across the street from the first theft. Finally the night before the Chunkathalon another bike was stolen from the location of the first theft and the fenders from that bike where later found at the location of the Chunkathalon.
When this was brought to the attention of the organizers they where upset and offered to make it up to bike owner. Its unlikely they had anything to do with it due to there support of bicycle transportation and the fact that anyone could have dropped a couple of fenders off there and nobody would have noticed.
So the real questions here are:
Has anyone else in the 21st and Powell area had there bikes stolen?
What as a community of bicycle transportation activists are we going to do about this? How are we going to make sure this doesn't happen again?
I would also like to note that two of the bikes where the owners ONLY means of transportation. They are both car free and are now on foot.