Tuesday, May 29, 2007

300 kids bikes stolen

As you may imagine, I'm way pissed off.

From KJRH, Tulsa:

300 bicycles that there going to be given to local children have been stolen. Tuesday afternoon, Tulsa Tough organizers were notified by Pacific Cycles that the container in which the bicycles were stored was missing. Pacific Cycles representatives said the bicycles were stored at a shipping yard in Dallas. Pacific Cycles has reported the incident to Dallas police.

Tulsa Tough Ride and Race, and The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis, launched a major youth health and fitness initiative this year. The Tough Kids Challenge is a program where 300 middle and high-school aged youth earned a new bicycle by taking part in Tulsa's Little 100 cycling event, or by completing a bicycle safety education course. Kids were supposed to pick up their bicycles Saturday, June 2nd and participate in a special Tough Kids 10 kilometer ride Sunday, June 3.

Tulsa Tough organizers say all children will receive the promised bicycles, even if it means making 300 new ones. If bikes cannot be found prior to the event, kids who do not have access to a bicycle may call 592-0884 or email info@tulsatough.com. Organizers will make every effort to find loaner bikes for the Tough Kids 10 km Ride.


Malcolm McCollam was interviewed on one television station. He said that the bicycles will be replaces, so none of the kids involved will miss out on them.

The container may show up when the thieves realize these are easily recognizable bikes that will be difficult to re-sell. That may simply be wishful thinking on my part, but I'll grab at whatever slim hope turns up.

Bicycle thieves should be hung by their thumbs.


Blogger Paul Tay said...

Take a deep breath, Part II: All publicity is GOOD publicity.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Apertome said...

That's truly horrible. I do think bicycle thieves deserve punishment beyond what our law allows. Especially those who steal kids' bikes.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

That truly sucks.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Paul Tay said...

KJRH just reported bikes RECOVERED. Merry Christmas, kids!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Paul Tay said...

BTW, a clarification to your post on T-Now: Actually, it is not only legal to ride on the shoulder of the controlled access roadways, it is also legal to ride in the travel lanes.

In fact, recent Tulsa Municipal Court rulings have made the travel lanes on the Broken Arrow Expressway the PREFERRED lane positioning.

Biking in the travel lanes is actually SAFER than the shoulder when crossing the on and off-ramps. The idea is to move out into the regular travel lanes long before the ramps. Once you catch a cager to play interference on your six, it's EASY street.

The only controlled access roadways in Oklahoma that legislatively prohibit bicycles are the turnpikes. There is really NO safety reasons to do so.

As for the comment about DELIBERATELLY trying to snarl traffic, which side are ya on, son? There is NO attempt, deliberate or otherwise, to snarl traffic. Santa is only exercising his rights to the roadway.

3:39 PM  

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