2008/07/28

Antidote for Igorosis

I'm in agreement with TorontoCranks that something fishy was going on with Igor. Theories are abounding. For my money, the most convincing arguments are
  1. He was involved with organized crime, and
  2. He was selling bikes at a loss to attract junkies to buy his drugs
In any case, renting a series of garages to store stolen bikes in perpetuity is a money losing proposition unless there is something else going on.

There is definitely more going on than has been reported so far, and it is a bit unsettling.
photo lifted from eyeteeth

I read a nice story on the opposite side of the coin, where some law enforcement officials (presuming that security guards count) replaced a kids bike that was stolen on their watch. Maybe the Toronto Police should be doing this! Read on:
But then on Saturday, we got a call from the library: "We've got Seven's bike." A quick drive, all high-fives and woo-hoos, and we were at the Central Library to fetch the prodigal bike.

Only it wasn't the one that had been taken: it was a new Schwinn BMX bike, just his height   and paid for out-of-pocket by several of the guards.

2008/07/17

Haranguing NOW

I just sent this letter to NOW Magazine, in response to their recent article on bike lanes.
Your recent article "Whose lane is it anyway?" which paints an unfavourable view of electric bikes using bike lanes raised some good points. I couldn't help thinking, as I sat in Sneaky Dee's watching your paper being delivered by a truck parked in the bike lane, what you really think bike lanes are for.