UPDATE: ‘Essential mode of mobility’ custom cargo bike, feared stolen, but wasn’t

(UPDATED late Tuesday night with new info from bike’s owner)

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ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:20 PM MONDAY: Terry‘s cargo bike is one of a kind, essential to mobility with a disability – and now it’s gone. Can you help find it?

I custom fabricated an electric-assist large, long cargo bike to aid in mobility since I have a disability in my lower left leg. I spent the day yesterday, January 1st, with friends who live on Alki Ave SW near El Chupacabra (2620 Alki Ave SW), leaving my bike outside using a friend’s lock. Friend unlocked my bike around 5 pm when he thought I was leaving; however, it was closer to 6 pm when I went to leave, and my bike, the extra battery, and the charger were all gone from where I had it. … My hope is to get more eyes out on the lookout for this hard-to-miss, essential mode of mobility and transportation, custom cargo bike!

Terry says a police report is filed and they are awaiting the incident number – we’ll update this to add that when available.

UPDATE, TUESDAY NIGHT: Terry says the bike’s been found and was NOT stolen after all: “Apparently there was no malice nor crime committed regarding my cargo bike. A friend placed it in a safe place and I was made aware today.. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience and any aspersions cast in West Seattle’s direction regarding crime.”

6 Replies to "UPDATE: 'Essential mode of mobility' custom cargo bike, feared stolen, but wasn't"

  • Guy Olson January 2, 2017 (6:26 pm)

    The bike thieves are combing the hell out of Alki lately!! I feel really bad for the person seen riding this bike. Keep everything locked up West Seattle!

  • Vanessa January 2, 2017 (7:57 pm)

    It’s so hard not to use the word HATE.  I speak it on rare occasions. But I hate these thieves with a passion. You are scum.

    I apologize for any growth in the pond.  I do not intend on insulting the living things there. 

  • TheKing January 3, 2017 (4:48 am)

    It is the daily stories like this that turned me into a minimalist. I’ve had two cars stolen over the years, house robbed (happy thanksgiving!!) wheel barrows, planters….you name it. I’ve posted this one before but I stepped in dog crap once, left the shoes on the porch in a moment of procrastination to discover later they were stolen. All you can do is laugh. My beloved Gary Fisher mountain bike was stolen so i threw up the white flag and sold eveything on eBay and Craigslist. 

  • Mike January 3, 2017 (7:36 am)

    I saw two guys with a bike like this on Friday lingering outside a building near Studio 7.  Thought it was very odd.

    • Alan January 3, 2017 (10:41 am)

      Hmmm…Since the bike wasn’t stolen until Sunday then you likely saw the bike with its owner, assuming it was the same bike.

  • ChannelingLewisBlack January 3, 2017 (4:25 pm)

    I do not understand the perspective that “if it’s yours, lock it up”…when did we give up on “if it’s not yours, keep your grimy hands off it”?  Why is this such a hard concept?  Japan seems to get it – I’ve left my laptop in public places multiple times there and always got it back.

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