CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bicycles became a hot commodity during the pandemic, and thieves were quick to get their hands on them. What You Need To Know
Raleigh police report nearly 700 bicycles stolen from 2019 to 2021
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have not been able to provide stolen bike reports despite a public records request in July
One cyclist and mother says cities need a better solution to secure bikes in public
Stacy Lonshore and her 15-year-old son usually go cycling several times a week. They don’t always ride together, but they love the activity for the same reason.
“It’s outside, it’s fresh air, and we love getting places without traffic,” Longshore said.
Her son uses his bike to travel places.“He doesn’t have his driver’s license yet, so biking allows him to meet friends at stores and parks,” Longshore said.But his mode of transportation was stolen from him in December. It happened at the Tyvola Light Rail Station. Longshore said her son locked his bike up on a railing. When he returned, the lock was cut, and all that was left was his helmet. Longshore says the toughest part was his mountain bike costs $2,500 new.“We had just paid that six weeks earlier,” Longshore said. “It was a special gift from his grandparents, me and his dad.”This isn’t a problem only in Charlotte.Raleigh police report that of all of the bikes stolen in the last three years, only 9% were returned to the owners. It’s why Lonshore wants […]