The New York Times published a feature story titled “In a Cyclist-Friendly City, A Black Hole for Bikes” in their World section yesterday:
The arrest has provoked an outpouring of anger and publicity in a city renowned as one of the most bicycle-friendly places in the world. About 15,000 hopeful cyclists, some teary-eyed, have scoured the Kenk collection in search of their missing bicycles. But only 469 bicycles had been returned as of Thursday morning, when 17 more days of public viewings began.
The public reaction “was staggering,” said Ruth White, the superintendent of 14 Division, the police unit that made the arrest. “I’ve never seen anything like it in 30 years.”
Oddly enough, the police and many bicyclists were aware that Mr. Kenk’s little shop, the Bicycle Clinic, appeared to be a black hole that consumed stolen bicycles. Bike theft victims regularly discovered their missing bicycles there, and were often able to recover them, either through vigorous argument or a payment of $30 or $40.
The story has since been picked up by the Houston Chronicle (‘Most Hated Man in Toronto’ Charged in Bike-Theft Caper) and the International Herald Tribune (Toronto’s Mysterious Bicycle Theif).
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[photo from Eye Weekly]