Twitter account launched to track down stolen bikes in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Social media users are no stranger to using popular services like Facebook and Twitter to reunite lost pets with their owners. Now, one Kansas City resident is using social media to stay ahead of thieves taking advantage of Kansas City's expanding base of bicyclists and bike lanes.

Erica Birkman says she got the idea for the Twitter account @StolenBikesKC from similar accounts in larger cities like San Francisco or Boston.

Birkman receives notification of a stolen bike and then tweets out details and sometimes a photo of the bike to the account's followers.

"You know, it's small right now, but it's growing very rapidly and we care about our friends and we don't want our friends to get their bikes stolen," Birkman said. "Bikes have memories with them. It's part of who we are and we're here to stand up for each other and we are going to find the stolen bikes and get them back to the owners."

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