PORTLAND – A seven-seater bicycle that made headlines last year has been stolen, according to the bike’s owner.
Emily Finch carts her six kids around Portland on a cargo bike with five seats in the front and one in the back. But on Monday, Finch tweeted that her bike was stolen.
My bike was stolen last night. Please keep an eye out for it. I'm devastated. pic.twitter.com/i87mqVotED— Emily Finch (@1lessgmsuburban) November 4, 2013
She said the bike was stolen from the sidewalk next to her house in Ladd's Addition.
"Ditzed out and forgot to put it away last night, the keys were still in it," she said. "I'm devastated by its loss and really, really hope it will be recovered soon in one piece."
"My bike, it’s my favorite…it’s the only possession that I actually really, really care about.”
Finch, a stay-at-home mom, told KGW that her seven-person bike is her main form of transportation.
"The bike is a really, really bike deal," said Finch, who says she bought the bike several years ago when she lived in Pennsylvania. "It completely changed my life to the point that all I wanted to do was to be able to ride my bike and not drive a car anymore, which is how I chose Portland.”
BikePortland.org’s Jonathan Maus said Finch’s bicycle showcased Portland’s bike-friendliness.
“Women are, you know, the canary in the coal mine. If you have a lot of women riding bikes in your city, you are doing a good job to make the facilities efficient and comfortable for everybody to ride on,” Maus said.
But for now, Finch is without her mode of transportation. She did leave behind a cargo load of squash in it, which may help people spot her bike.
“If you see a trail of butternut and acorn squash, you’re getting close,” she tweeted.
Background: Mom rides with 6 kids on bike