Aspen mayor’s bike stolen, again
ASPEN, Colorado ” Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, so Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland has learned.
For the second time in less than a year, Ireland is the victim of bike theft. He reported that his bike was stolen at the bus stop across from Paepcke Park on Main Street on Wednesday evening. Ireland said he left his town mountain bike unlocked and then hopped on the bus to go to dinner at a friend’s house downvalley. When he returned a few hours later, it was gone.
Ireland had the same thing happen last June, though the stolen cycle was a much more expensive model and it was returned by a homeless man who said he found it behind the St. Regis hotel.
He had left the $5,000 ride unlocked in front of City Hall while he attended a public meeting. When he came out, it was gone.
At the time, Ireland said he would start locking his bikes but was reluctant to do so, saying he hoped the community he lives in isn’t made up of dishonest people.
On Wednesday, Ireland didn’t lock his bike because he was running late. His plan was to lock his bike to a post in front of City Hall ” where the lock always is stationed ” and then walk to Rubey Park to catch the bus.
Instead, he diverted to the bus stop a couple of blocks away, where there was no lock stationed, or one in his saddle bag.
“I was actually thinking ‘I shouldn’t do this but I’m late,'” Ireland said, reflecting on his decision to leave the bike unattended. “It’s my fault, but I would have missed the bus.”
He noted that he could have driven to the dinner party but was trying to do his part by taking mass transit.
“No good deed goes unpunished,” he said, adding he has a feeling the bike will be returned like last year. “I think that bike is coming back. I have faith.”
Aspen police have said bike thefts in Aspen are crimes of opportunity, and about 80 percent of stolen bikes are left unlocked.
Ireland said he has learned his lesson, and will keep his wheels under lock and key from now on. The stolen bike is a Gary Fisher 29 Tam.