This Is Bike Batman, The Dark Knight Who Rescues Stolen Bikes
This is Bike Batman, the Dark Knight who rescues Seattle’s stolen bikes and brings them back to their rightful owners. All cyclists were praying for such a superhero to come their way and they finally got him – Bike Batman.
Seattle is the new Gotham and Bike Batman is quickly making a name for himself by scaring off bike thieves around the Pacific Northwest. Although this Dark Knight doesn’t cover his face, he remains anonymous in order to better track bike thieves all over Seattle and the surrounding area.
His sworn duty is to “reunite people with their bikes” and the evil villains that dare to steal a bicycle will have to face his wrath. Bike Batman is an engineer by profession and a superhero after work. The Seattle vigilante managed to return 22 bicycles so far in his first year of ‘patrolling’ the street of ‘Gotham’.
“It feels really good to be able to reunite people with their bikes,” ‘Batman’. “There are people that it means so much to. This hunk of steel and paint is worth much more than the price tag.”
The Seattle Police Department received 1,561 bike thefts in 2015, almost double than in 2010. This is why a vigilante was definitely needed. “If you try to get cops involved, nine times out of 10, they just aren’t available to help,” says Bryan Hance, co-founder of Bike Index, an online bike registration database where cyclists report their stolen bikes in hope of getting them back.
The Dark Knight on Wheels uses this database to cross reference suspicious bikes for sale on Craigslist and then arranges a meeting with the seller. He usually informs the police about the meetings, just to be on the safe side in case anything goes wrong.
“I’m not out fighting crime and punching people,” says ‘Batman’. “I’m telling people: this is not yours.” he concluded.