Hero & Zero: Bikes & bicyclists

By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: If your bike is gone. Pick up the phone. Who you gonna call? Bike-thief busters. We also know them as the Novato Police Department. They recently responded to a call about a noisy neighbor and discovered more than a raucous resident. Inside the subject’s garage, police found a large cache of bicycles. To be exact, five complete bikes and 33 frames, all of which were seized for further investigation. Hopefully, the public can help locate the rightful owners. Check out the Novato PD’s Facebook page for photos and if you recognize any of the bikes, contact them at 415/897-4361. We salute the Novato PD for their work on this case and for their commitment to the Novato community through a variety of civic activities.

Zero: Let’s talk more about bikes, or specifically, bicyclists. Most riders are responsible, but those few bad apples are really rotten. Case in point: A Mill Valley resident observed a cyclist commit a hit-and-run on the Tiburon bike path last week. The repugnant rider zoomed down the incline by the duckpond, crashed into a woman and then proceeded to scream obscenities at her for being in his way. The witness informed him that he couldn’t leave the scene of the accident, which inspired a new round of barnyard epithets from the piggish man. As expected, he rode away. Without the cyclist, the Tiburon police couldn’t take action. Should Marin require all bikes pedaling through our fair county to display license tags? We need fresh ideas.

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