40 bikes stolen during 'Ride Around' program

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore City Recreation and Parks' "Ride Around the Reservoir" program has been suspended after 40 bicycles were stolen on Memorial Day.

The bikes, which included large blue beach cruisers and several children's bikes, were stolen during a robbery at Druid Hill Park on May 26, according to the release.

“This loss is devastating to the Ride Around program, which operates completely on donations. It is a major blow to our agency and the thousands of residents we serve each year,” said BCRP Director Ernest Burkeen. “We ask that if you see one of our bikes around town to notify us or the police immediately.”

The program began in 2006 at Druid Hill Park where people could borrow the bikes and ride them around the park at no cost.

Since then, the program has expanded to four days and includes Carroll Park, Lake Montebello, and a lunchtime employee ride on Fridays at City Hall.

The bikes all have numbered stickers and if found, witnesses are urged to call 911.

If anyone is in possession of a bike, they can return them to BCRP Headquarters with no questions asked.

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