The Igor Kenk Bikes Set Free

BikeRemember Igor Kenk, that Dapper Dan? He's the guy who stole my bike (maybe) and a couple of years ago Chad wrote me with a good idea. He thought the Toronto Police should give the 2500 unclaimed backs back to Torontonians. Specifically, to the less fortunate.

That's exactly what's happened.

Crowds of kids showed up bright and early Monday morning to help move thousands of stolen bike parts to a new temporary home at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.

The bike parts are the spoils of Igor Kenk, who was arrested in 2008 for theft. Police raided his Queen St. W. shop and found 3,000 stolen bicycles. Kenk, who pleaded guilty in 2009, was released in March.

The youth centre basement will store some 30 bicycles and 1,000 bike components and locks. The plan is to develop a program for youth to help put the bikes back together until they are safe enough to ride home.

Once repaired, Kenk’s bounty of stolen bikes will be donated to needy kids across Ontario, Attorney General Chris Bentley announced on Monday morning.

It was a great idea then and it's a great idea now.


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Tuesday

This guy fixed my bike, and I'm a bit ashamed to admit it! I didn't know at the time that he was a big jerk. Anyhow - glad he got caught, and glad they bikes will go to good use.

April 5, 2010 @ 8:49 PM

Bad Decision

What a JOKE?

Most of these bikes were from Toronto residents & most of them are NOT kids bikes, so to donate them to kids to fix up then give to the needy is a farce.

& that douche at the Cabbagetown Ctr saying that this is a good skill to learn & it is every kids dream to have a bike, WHAT WORLD IS THIS GUY LIVING IN?

Fixing a bike is not going to get you a good job, a good-paying one at that. But these a poor kids & if they are being taught by this douche to aspire to things like that, then we can see where the problems lies.

& to the other DOUCHE named Bentley. Why not auction these bikes, take the proceeds, (at least over $150G's) & buy things that these kids REALLY need.

Hopefully, Bentley makes the right move when Bryant gets off for MURDER.

April 6, 2010 @ 11:52 AM

A.R.

Why is it a farce to donate bikes to kids so that they can fix them up for the needy? Yes, youth like bikes. Knowing how to fix a bike is a valuable skill because taking it to a bike shop can be expensive and inconvenient (read: dumb). Demand for those who know how to repair bikes isn't high, but the kids will be more likely to take an interest in fixing other goods for which career opportunities are more promising.

April 6, 2010 @ 4:30 PM

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