Julie saddles up brand new bike

21:18, May 14 2014
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ALL SMILES: Intellectually disabled woman Julie Bryant has a new bike thanks to Blair Cox of New Plymouth’s Mitchell Cycles who made the offer at about 8am yesterday after reading hers had been stolen.

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

Blair Cox of New Plymouth's Mitchell Cycles has given her a brand spanking new bicycle to replace the one stolen from her on Saturday.

Without her bike the intellectually disabled New Plymouth woman feared she would not be able to get to Riding for the Disabled, 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 after reading about Bryant's predicament.

"I know Julie from way back. Everybody who has disability, they all face challenges, and this is just helping out," he said.

Bryant was more than a little chuffed with the bike.


"This is my favourite colour. Who do I have to pay for it," she asked.

The gift bike will be spending at least its first few months inside. However Bryant did ask if it would be OK to leave it in the rain while she worked at Riding for the Disabled.

"Even though it's new, will it be OK," she said.

The bike comes with a lock and four keys to help prevent it being stolen again.

Bryant's previous bike was stolen on Saturday from outside The Salty Dog Cafe and Bar in Moturoa. She had stopped there to place a $1 bet on a horse.

Cox was the first to offer a bike but two others also contacted the Daily News with a bike they wanted to give Bryant. Diana De Jong of Freedom Companion Driving Services also stepped in to help with vouchers for Bryant to use for transport when needed.

"We are Freedom Companion Drivers so we just thought we could help someone who had lost their freedom," she said.

Taranaki Daily News