Bike safety effort will continue in wake of theft

By Patty Hastings and Paul Suarez

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photoBike Clark County said about 30 of these silver Giant MTX 225s owned by Bike Clark County were reported stolen from the Hough Pool on Thursday afternoon.

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After 16 bikes were stolen from Hough Pool last week, Bike Clark County founder Eric Giacchino is making sure the after-school bike safety program for kids can continue this spring.

He submitted serial numbers and a description of the stolen bikes to area bike shops Bad Monkey Bikes and Camas Bike and Sport.

"They'll keep an eye out for us," Giacchino said.

Twenty silver Giant MTX 225s were stolen, along with six blue and silver Giant Boulders, a tool box and a box of inner tubes.

Although Giacchino said the Vancouver police have not developed any leads on the theft, he's realized the outpouring of community support in the wake of the theft means his organization's bike advocacy message is working. "The bikes might come up, they might not, but the community has rallied to help us out," he said. "The community has bought in to what we're doing -- to teach kids how to ride safely."

The bike fleet used for Vancouver Public Schools' Safe Routes to School program should be able

to support the program at Evergreen Public Schools next spring, he said. Bike Clark County will not make an insurance claim on the bikes since its policy is new and would be canceled.