She’s a sturdy bike, built to carry heavy panniers and a passenger through the Rockies, across the plains and over the roughest terrain of the Canadian Shield.
“I didn’t want anything delicate,” Mark Smith says of Gracie, the bicycle he rode thousands of kilometres across Canada from April to July. “Anything that happened on the road, I needed to fix.”
But in spite of the fact that she wasn’t a glamorous model, Gracie caught the eye of Toronto thieves, who made off with her in the darkness on Saturday night.
Potential bike thief spotted in the Bloor and Bathurst area.
Bike-riders, watch out for this guy. He was spotted trying to steal a bike in front of CSI Annex.
People post pleas for their stolen bikes all over the place… facebook, twitter, craigslist… probably other places.
BikingToronto is testing out a few different systems and techniques that will try and pull people’s listings from some of these places AND allow people to post stolen bikes directly to BikingToronto. Hopefully it can provide a good aggregation of stolen bike listings, perhaps even with an RSS feed and mailing list of stolen bikes? Just ideas at this point.
Recently on the listings:
- Baby Blue San Marino: Richmond and Spadina
- Red Trek: Humber Shores Park
- Grey Raleigh Detour: Woodbine and Danforth
- Reward for Stolen Bike: Black and White Specialized Track Bike $100
- Blue Schwinn Mountain Bike (31 Princess Street)
- Blue Fixie outside Robarts Library
- Black Specialized, Yonge and Bloor
- 2009 Black and White Langster
- Black GT Aggressor
- Brodie at Yonge and Wellesley
Well, all the emails and tweets and outrage worked. Will everyone who has had their bike stolen by Brookfield be compensated though?
Give yourself a pat on the back if you were one of the folks who expressed outrage at Brookfield Properties strategic removal of bikes at Yonge and Bloor that it deemed a safety concern. Although the company hasn’t provided further comment beyond what we reported this morning, according to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, it will no longer continue this controversial practice. As per her tweet, it sounds like the order came from high up, which makes sense. This was a PR nightmare that didn’t have to happen.
Thanks to the Star, we now know the answer of whether or not it’s legal to steal bikes that are legally locked up on public property, even if you own “adjacent property”. The Star asked a property lawyer professor, and he confirmed what we all (except Brookfield Properties) know. Spoiler – it’s not.
Jeremy de Beer, a professor at the University of Ottawa law school and expert in the field of property law, said the company’s explanation “doesn’t seem right.”
“If it were on their property it would be totally different,” he said.
“Their responsibility and their power ends at their property line.”
De Beer said unless Brookfield had some kind of special agreement with the city, “to say that you just have a right to clear the sidewalk of what you perceive subjectively to be a hazard is pretty far fetched.”