78-year old Pat Piazza is legally blind and lives at Bay Village’s Knickerbocker Senior Apartments.
Her lifeline to the outside world is her three-wheeled trike.
Along with her guide dog, Sun, Pat likes to peddle to Heinen’s, the lakefront, or any of Bay’s beautiful parks.
But her bike was stolen on Sept. 2. It was taken from the courtyard area of the Knickerbocker.
The theft was discovered when Pat, after a long day in downtown Cleveland having an eye procedure done at Cleveland Clinic, went to take Sun for a walk. The bike was gone! And so was Pat’s independence.
“Police found it at the skatepark,” said Pat. Bay Police picked up the bike after a resident saw it there. They had been on the lookout for it after Pat reported it missing.
“It just doesn’t crank like it used to. The basket is crumpled up, a cable is detached. It is out of alignment and hard to even push,” she said. “They returned it, but it was pretty beat up.”
Fortunately, her son visited last weekend and was able to replace the front wheel, getting Pat back on the road.
“He was able to change the front tire,” said Pat. “It serves its purpose again. I can bring groceries home. And I got a better bike lock.”
No one really knows who took the bike. “It may have just been someone who picked it up because they needed a ride somewhere,” said police.
As for Pat, she just wants the thief to know that actions like this have consequences for the victim.
“I don’t want people to buy me a new bike,” she said. “I just want them to talk. I am sad for them because they don’t know what it is like when you get old. They may not know the consequences it has on someone else’s life.”
In other words, even though Pat is legally blind, she wants those who do wrong to others to see the light.