Rich City Rides bikes and tools stolen in break-in at Unity Park

Rich City Rides loses multiple bikes, tools in theft at Unity Park
Rich City Rides holds a community event during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Unity Park in Richmond in January 2019.

Rich City Rides reported Tuesday that its storage hub at Unity Park, located at S. 16th Street and the Richmond Greenway, was broken into on Friday and that 18 bikes, tool sets and two brand new bike stands were stolen.

All of the stolen items were stored in the hub to support community members needing free bike repairs or bikes to use for community rides, according to Rich City Rides, a Richmond-based nonprofit cycling advocacy group that operates a shop at 1500 Macdonald Ave.

“The tools and bike stands are used for our Fix It Fridays program where our volunteer mechanics fix bikes for free for all community members who come in,” Rich City Rides reported in its email newsletter.

The bikes that were stolen were being made available for community use as part of Rich City Rides Self-care Sunday rides, “so everyone can have a bike available to ride and have fun with us.” Some of the bikes were destined to be donated as part of the organization’s Everybody Rides program.

Rich City Rides is encouraging community members to consider donating used bikes, which it can clean and fix up. It’s also looking to upgrade security at the hub and asked that anyone with a spare heavy duty storage box consider donating it to the organization. Email [email protected] or call (510) 288-0944 to coordinate.

Another way to help is to donate by clicking here. Urban Tilth is the fiscal sponsor for Rich City Rides.