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Portland Commissioner Nick Fish “sad” after getting his bike stolen

Posted by on December 17th, 2014 at 11:42 am

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Commissioner Fish on his bike in May 2011.
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Portland bike thieves’ latest victim works in City Hall.

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish got his bike stolen last night. According to an update to his personal Facebook page, Fish parked his bike in the racks in front of 24 Hour Fitness in Hollywood and went in for a workout. When he returned 30 minutes later his bike was gone.

“I have been reading about friends who had their bikes stolen recently,” Fish wrote, “Well, tonight I joined the club.”

The bike, which was locked with a cable lock, was a grey and black Trek hybrid that Fish says he bought with his Obama stimulus check.

Fish isn’t the first high-profile city official to get his bike stolen. Back in September 2013, Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat got her beloved bike stolen after leaving it overnight outside the Portland Building on SW Madison. Fortunately for her, it was recovered a few days later.

Hopefully Commissioner Fish with have the same luck.

— For more on the state of bike theft in Portland, read our take on the latest stats from the PPB.

EDITOR’s NOTE: The original version of this story included an embed of Fish’s Facebook post, a link to it, and more references to what he wrote on it. After consideration, I decided to delete these references and contact Fish directly for a quote and/or ask his permission to use his Facebook post. I regret any confusion this has caused.

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9watts
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9watts

Obama stimulated Nick Fish?
Hm. I don’t recall being stimulated by Obama.

9watts
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9watts

Extra points for Nick Fish for not *driving* to the fitness club.

Middle of the Road guy
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Middle of the Road guy

Cable lock and he is mad at the gym?

Perhaps he should blame the thief and himself for being naive.

Anne Hawley
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Anne Hawley

Nice juxtaposition of this article with the guest post from Go By Bike.

Philip
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Philip

My son had his bike stolen from outside the LA Fitness on NE Weidler earlier this year. There are 2 staple racks available out front, usually full. He made the mistake of locking up to a traffic sign. The sign was cut off, and his bike was lifted off the post, u-lock and all, in broad daylight.
The manager, while sympathetic, referred me the property management company Elliot and Associates, who had zero interest in upgrading the available bike parking, putting up signage, or lifting a finger to help in anyway possible.

J_R
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J_R

There are two types of bicyclists: Those who’ve had bikes stolen and those who will have a bike stolen.

Rather than warning signs, I’d rather the club installed video cameras.

specialK
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specialK

Cable lock. When will people learn.

Jeff P
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Jeff P

On Facebook, Fish laments that the CITY management of PORTLAND doesn’t do more to warn CITIZENS of the high rate of theft in the CITY.

Fixed that for you Nick.

TOM
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TOM

cable lock ? big surprise.

Mobilize PPD like they did for LT. … APB.

maybe invite him to next theft symposium ?

Arem
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Arem

Typical. “It’s the fitness center’s fault, not mine.” The Commissh’ used an easily snipped-through cable lock. That tells thieves “ooh, look I’m easily taken with minimal effort, pick me!” Please take at least a little personal responsibility…
Thieves are lazy, learn from this mistake and use additional deterrents. Learn from motorcycle owners – the more deterrents you use, the less likely it is that a thief will attempt to put in the effort to take your vehicle. (e.g. disc locks, bike covers with locks, alarms, etc.)
Perhaps with his next set of wheels a hefty u-lock combined with a cable would be a good place to start for deterrents. Make it too much of a bother for them.

joebobpdx
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joebobpdx

Like this is news to anyone here, but few years ago I did an (unintentional) experiment.

Cable locked the bike in a dead-at-night area. Lost the key. Came back with very small bolt cutters. Elapsed time from pulling up in the truck to driving away with the bike – just under 16 seconds. And me a complete rookie.

C’mon Portland!

Todd Hudson
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Todd Hudson

Check the homeless camps under I-5 just north of the Burnside Bridge – last weekend I saw this pile assembled bikes, stripped frames, and various components.

http://i.imgur.com/kwzSuxd.jpg

Anne Hawley
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Anne Hawley

About five years ago, when I first started bike commuting to the Portland Building, a co-worker who locked her bike on the loggia/porch thingy there had it stolen at lunch time. She was counting on her cable lock, the security cameras, and some adorable notion of attentive security guards in the lobby giving a darn. Yes, the loggia is plastered with warnings to thieves about the cameras, and warnings to bike rack users about the thieves, BUT…

BUT, not a word on those signs about the insecurity of cable locks. Not a word to City employees (who are encouraged to use active transportation) about bike theft prevention. And, I assume, not a word from the shop that sold my co-worker her bike about the near uselessness of the cable lock they also sold her.

I honestly can’t blame Nick Fish, who doesn’t commute by bike and probably isn’t a super engaged member of the bike riding community, for thinking that a cable lock was good enough. Will he bother to replace his bike? Will he ever ride to his gym again? In his shoes, I’m pretty sure my answer would be no to both questions, and all for the want of a little better information.

Justin Gast
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Justin Gast

When will people learn?

How many times do we need to read an article where “bike,” “stolen” and “cable lock” are used in the same sentence?

CABLE LOCKS DO NOT WORK FOLKS!!!!!

This message brought to you by the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Cable Locks!!!!!!!!” campaign.

Adam H.
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Adam H.

Sorry to hear that. Hey, Commish Fish, maybe it’s time to use your political weight to push PPB to crack down on bike theft!

Geoff
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Geoff

Fish is disappointed that the club doesn’t do more to prevent bike theft. That’s good and well, but I’m disappointed that the city doesn’t do more to prevent bike theft! Hey Fish, know anyone connected enough to make this change?

Perhaps now that we no longer need police protecting us from the marijuana, you can divert those resources to something that matters?

TonyJ
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TonyJ

A cable lock is more versatile than a U-Lock when there aren’t sufficient parking racks available. My son’s school doesn’t have enough racks, so getting his bike close enough to the rack to use a u-lock is tough, so we use a cable lock.

You can blame Fish for this, but only in his role as Commissioner. We should have staple racks EVERYWHERE and secure bike parking where we currently have lots of staples.

Zimmerman
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Zimmerman

I’m “sad” commissioner Fish let a minority’ of wealthy homeowners steal promised trail access from cyclists in Forest Park

I’m also sad he used a cable lock and is placing blame on a gym for the theft.

davemess
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davemess

it is a little curious that a commissioner of our city seemed genuinely surprised that there would be a bike theft problem next to a very busy transit center and max stop. He’s a member of the gym, so he’s been there before, right?

There is actually covered parking in the parking structure to the east of 24 hour fitness. It’s not anymore secure, but offers racks out of the rain and way out of the sight lines of the people who would be walking down the sidewalk.

TOM
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TOM

So NF is a lawyer and has to use stimulus money in order to buy a bike ?
Hasn’t read the notices that the gym put up ?

He is sad now ? how unique.

Appears that the whole city council is out of touch.

U-locks ? For a couple of weeks now there has been a front tire U-locked to the parking staples at the Midland Library. Bike long gone. Once you have the right lock, then you need to learn how to use it. 🙁

Todd Boulanger
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Councilman Fish, sorry about your loss. I hope the press coverage will generate a lead on the street that recovers your bike promptly.

Todd Boulanger
VP of Operations
Bikestation
http://www.bikestation.com

PS. As we recommend to our Bikestation members, cable and coil locks are best only a second defence to lock gear or a second wheel when already using a u-lock or hardened chain locked to a secure rack.

Dan
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Dan

The bike goes inside the locker. I take the key with me. The bike, and everything ON the bike, is always there when I return. This is the solution.

John Lascurettes
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Cable lock or U-lock, I’d have a hard time locking my bike up that close to Hollywood TC and not have regular line of sight to it for that long.

Gerald Fittipaldi
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Gerald Fittipaldi

So far every bike theft story I’ve seen on Bike Portland has involved either a cable lock, no lock at all, or a shed being broken into. Has anyone had a bike locked with a *quality* u-lock, fastened to a *secure* bike rack (i.e. bolted solidly into the ground), stolen in Portland?

soren
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soren

Has anyone mentioned how dumb cable locks are?!????

*sigh*

Mickey
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Mickey

If you lock your bike with a cable lock it will be stolen. If you lock your bike with a U-Lock under $50..00 it will be stolen. Lock your bike up securely with a real lock and it will not be stolen. Securely lock your bikes up when they are inside your house and they will not be stolen. Anyone that tells you a cable lock is secure doesn’t know what they are talking about. Always lock your bike or it will be stolen. Wlecome to urban living.

Gerald Fittipaldi
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Gerald Fittipaldi

To lighten the mood a little, here’s a comical yet informative video on bike locking technique by Hal Ruzal in NYC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCbU83_G6nA He has made at least four of these videos. All worth watching.

I’ve had a couple bikes stolen (cable locked, years ago), and it’s no fun.

J_R
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J_R

Interesting comparison of features on BikePortland in the last few days.

Earlier this week there were numerous complaints by those who refuse to wear high-visibility clothing think they shouldn’t have to because _____ (fill in reason) and that it’s the responsibility of motorists to drive responsibly, pay attention, etc.

In today’s posts, some people opine that cable locks are inadequate or that they should be outlawed because thieves can cut them at will.

I haven’t tried tabulating the responses (and don’t plan to), but it seems the commenters as a whole are more supportive of upgrading lock systems to deter thieves than they are to upgrade visibility items to maybe enhance the chances of being seen by inattentive motorists.

Just an observation.

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

I have two spare bikes, Nick, if you would like to borrow.

Adam
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Adam

This is why bike shops need to man-up and stop selling cable locks. Sheesh!!!

Adam
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Adam

Anne, you put it beautifully.

Cheif
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Cheif

How do I get Obama to buy me a bike?

gutterbunnybikes
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gutterbunnybikes

not to burst anyone bubble, but the issue of parking in a more public has nearly zero impact on deterring theft. It’s an old video but here is a prime example of how little anyone cares.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbklkFuFk-4