Julian Goode says his bike, a black Iron Horse mountain bike, was his ticket to freedom. The amputee says he designed his bike to meet his specific needs, and he says that’s what makes its loss so devastating.
“It’s my recreation, it’s my ride to the bank, my ride to the food bank, my ride to the bank, its my grocery getter,” he says. “Like I said I don’t leave my house without it. It’s too painful to walk. I can but by the time I walk downtown i’m done.”
Goode, who had his left leg amputated below the knee after an accident a decade ago, was visiting his orthopedic specialist and had locked his bike outside. When he came out of the appointment, his bike was gone.
“Needless to say my prothesis came out into the street and I was looking around like a chicken with my head cut off.”
Good has reported the theft to police and he’s searched every pawn and bike shop in the city.
Tegan Moss, executive director at Bike!, says it’s a shame, and adds that bike thefts are on the rise.
“Most bike thefts have been a crime of opportunity,” she says, “unlocked bikes in peoples back yards. But now we’re seeing an increase problem in bikes locks being cut even in daylight in downtown locations.”
Moss says many people report their bike stolen, and that it appears there is “an economy” around stolen bikes in Peterborough. She says several have been recovered at another shop in the city.
“In many of those cases I would say 15 of them have been able to recover their bikes within 48 hours from a another bike shop,” she says.
Goode hopes someone might see his bike, or know of its whereabouts.
“Hopefully you can help find it or maybe somebody will haev a conscience. I won’t stop looking for it till the day I die,” he says.