“Well-known and well-loved cargo bike stolen in Petworth”

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“Dear PoPville,

I have been organizing family bike rides in DC for nearly 5 years under my nom de guerre Kidical Mass DC, and have ridden a giant orange cargo bike around DC for nearly that long. Today that bike was stolen from in front of Bridges Public Charter School while I took my son inside to use the bathroom.

I’m heartbroken. This bike has been our family’s main mode of transportation for 4 years. It’s unique and deeply loved. I’ve been told that stolen cargo bikes are often taken for quick joyrides and then abandoned, so it may turn up in an alley or backyard in Petworth soon.”

More info here. Keep your eyes peeled!

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  • Regal of Randolph

    Man that sucks real bad. Well, anytime a bike is stolen it sucks real bad. I’ve seen this lady and her son ride about for years now. I sure hope it turns up for her.

  • it was on redline towards shady grove monday at morning rush hour…but i think it was the owner

    • I’m the owner… yes that was me. Sorry if you were in our Metro car; that was a one-time experiment, never to be repeated. 🙂

      • I got yelled at by a WMATA employee the one time I tried to sneak my tiny road bike onto the train at the tail end of rush hour. Would love to know how you managed to sneak your hulk on unnoticed!

  • SilverSpringGal

    I’m sorry – that looks like an awesome bike.

  • wasn’t your bike stolen before – last year or earlier?

    • Nope, I think you’re thinking of another mom who rides a longtail. Her bike was stolen but then recovered when a neighbor saw the local kids joyriding on it. I’m hoping the same will happen here.

  • Our cargo ebike was temporarily stolen in the H Street neighborhood a year ago. Was found ditched on the side of the road a few hours later. Probably ran out of electricity, and they got frustrated with pedaling an 80 lb. bike.

    Just curious how paranoid to be with our bike in the future: Was yours locked up? How’d the thieves get it?

    • @emilydd No, the bike wasn’t locked. (Of course I’m kicking myself now. Normally I lock the rear wheel with a U-lock for quick trips into buildings.) It was a quick grab from the sidewalk in front of KidA’s school, in full view of anyone on the street. It happened in the 5 minutes it took us to go inside and use the bathroom.

  • OT but oh man, I’ve had bikeshare bikes fall on me while riding with groceries. I can’t imagine trying to ride and balance this hulk.

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