Bike theft makes getting around harder for disabled woman

MATT RILKOFF
Last updated 05:00 14/05/2014
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ROBERT CHARLES
Julie Bryant is hoping to get her stolen bike returned by tomorrow or she faces a long walk to her Riding for the Disabled appointment.

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LATEST: Julie Bryant will have a new bike and be able to ride horses after all.  

Blair Cox of New Plymouth's Mitchell Cycles will offer her a new bicycle to replace the one stolen from her on Saturday. 

Without her bike she feared she would not be able to get to Riding for the Disabled tomorrow, where she is a volunteer. 

''Well she has a disability and we have a disabled daughter, who happens to go to Riding for the Disabled. So we know the challenges. We want to give her a bike because it was something that was close to my wife's heart,'' said Cox, who called the Taranaki Daily News with the offer just after 8.00am.

Bryant could not be contacted this morning.

Her bike was stolen on Saturday from outside The Salty Dog Cafe and Bar in Moturoa. 

She had bought the Mongoose Rockadile bicycle in 2003.

As well as Riding for the Disabled, she also used it to get to work at Wade Cars on Devon St East.

"I've reported it to the police and they said they would do their best to get the bike back but they might not be able to find it."

The bike was fitted with mountain bike tyres and had a "black seat with red over it. It was a ripped seat", she said yesterday.

Bryant had left her bike in front of the Salty Dog to pick up her winnings from a bet on a horse. As usual she backed a John Gray filly putting on a $1 each way. "I always chose a Gray horse. I know him really well and I choose him and he wins and I get something back," she said.

Anyone with information about the bicycle can contact the New Plymouth police on (06) 759 5500 or the Taranaki Daily News on 06-759 0836.

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