Ever had your bike stolen and experienced that feeling of it disappearing into a black hole? "File a police report, ma'am" is the typical response. Not worth the insurance deductible is the other.
One Seattle resident, increasingly frustrated at how bike thefts were creating negativity in his hometown, decided to do something about it.
"Bike Batman" (who remains anonymous) uses online sites such as Craigslist, OfferUp and other online marketplaces to track down stolen bikes, then to return them to the owner via Bike Index, an online resource that allows people to log their stolen bikes. Even better, he's in cahoots with his local police, who support his efforts and appreciate his tips. Bike Batman even sets up in-person "stings" for the cops to participate in. Risky? Yes. Admirable. Hell yeah. Go Batman, go!
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