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Report: Bike thefts cost Portlanders $2 million annually

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland's bike theft problem got personal for City Commissioner Nick Fish Tuesday night when his bicycle was stolen in northeast Portland.

Fish's bike is just one of thousands that have been stolen in the city this year.

The organization Bike Portland looked at police data that reveal more than 7,600 bike thefts in Portland in the past two years.

That amounts to eight bikes stolen every day in the city, and Bike Portland says that costs residents $2 million a year.

Fish said his bike was stolen outside the 24 Hour Fitness location in the Hollywood District, even though he locked it up.

"First of all, I'm just completely pissed off that someone stole my bike," Fish said. "If we're going to be a city that tries to be, you know, one of the great bike cities in the country, we ought to make sure you're not at risk of having your bike stolen when you go to the gym at night."

Fish said he was using a cable lock on his bike when it was stolen. He said he plans to use a "u-lock" style lock from now on.

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