EUGENE, Ore. --- The Eugene Police Department is investigating after PeaceHealth Rides discovered eleven tires on eight of their bikes had been slashed Thursday night.
Police said they found the bikes in multiple locations around East 14th Avenue and Hilyard Street. At last check, police said they don’t have a suspect, but the culprit could face charges of criminal mischief if they are ever caught.
Lindsey Hayward, the General Manager for PeaceHealth Rides, said each tire cost $60. While PeaceHealth Rides bike stations have had minor vandalism in the past, this is the first time the bikes have been targeted since the service came to Eugene in April.
Hayward said the vandalism isn’t going to force them to scale back their operations.
“Overall Eugene has really embraced bike share as a community resource, and we do feel very thankful that this is the first it's happened and really hope it's an isolated incident,” Hayward said.
With the vandalism happening near the University of Oregon, many riders in the area are students who use the bikes to get to and from class quickly. Many riders tell KEZI 9 News they can’t understand why someone would do this.
“I'm actually really surprised because these bikes are so useful,” said PeaceHealth Rides user Daniela Lewis. “I have never heard anything bad about the company. I know PeaceHealth, so I'm actually really surprised, and I hope they get caught.”
Hayward said all of the vandalized bikes have been repaired and are back in service. She said if you see any vandalism or notice any damaged bikes, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out to them on social media.