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EcoCab owner finds taxi within block of where he lost it

 Posted: 12:40 PM April 14, 2010

After a day of frantic phone calls, Facebook networking and footwork, Ashland EcoCab owner Marco Alvarez found his missing rickshaw-like bicycle within a block of where it was taken.

"I went to every single bar in town, talked to people, went to restaurants, the (food) co-op and my girlfriend went on Facebook and got the word out there," Alvarez said. "People started calling."

The $6,000 bike, which Alvarez has used to make a living taxiing people around Ashland for the past two years, was taken Tuesday when it was parked at a small business complex on Hersey Street.

It has a large windshield and cover and Alvarez suspects someone used it as a shelter. He found cigarette butts around it and other evidence supporting that theory when he found it behind the business complex near the railroad tracks by Hersey Street, he said.

"Apparently someone spent the night there," he said.

The bike was basically undamaged, but had a flat tire, and his bike helmet and gloves were gone.

Hours after the news got out that his bike was missing, Alvarez started getting calls from people who said they'd seen the bike.

"A friend of a friend of a friend called me at 10:45 p.m. (Tuesday) and said they saw it at the railroad tracks behind the complex," he said. "I got a ride out there and we found it."

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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