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New York Mayor Gives Away His Strike Bike
Thu Jan 2, 2003
Source: Bicycle Retailer

NEW YORK, NY - Every media outlet in New York City was following Mayor Michael Bloomberg around on Christmas Day curious as to what he would do with the Cannondale mountain bike he bought in anticipation of a city-wide transit strike.

The latest twist in the saga--documented in detail by Newsday, the New York Times, the Daily News and the city's television networks--was Bloomberg's decision to play Santa Clause and give the bike to 16-year-old Michael Pruitt, a cycling enthusiast with diabetes.

Two weeks before Christmas, Bloomberg bought the F300 mountain bike, a helmet and other accessories from Gotham Bikes for $663.49--mere pocket change for the billionaire Bloomberg. Bloomberg had taken to calling it his "strike bike," telling New Yorkers he would ride it to work if the transit union were to strike.

Pruitt, a regular visitor at Kings County Hospital, told the New York Times, "I never thought I would be able to say good morning to the mayor on Christmas, let alone get a bike from the mayor."

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