COURTENAY, B.C- A Comox Valley resident is feeling happy after getting a helping hand.

Susan Holvenstot’s only mode of transportation vanished earlier this week, after she left her electric bike near the Filberg Centre to go for a short walk with a friend early on Monday night.

We spoke with Holvenstot about what happened, and since her story went out to the public, she’s had multiple offers of help.

Residents have given her a new iPad to use, after hers was taken in the bike saddlebags, and she’s had an offer of a new mountain bike to use.

We caught up with her yesterday afternoon.

She’s still looking to track down her bike, but believes it might be gone for good, and hasn’t had a chance to check out the mountain bike yet. However, she’s happy with the help she’s gotten.

“People have seen me coming into their business and go, oh, I recognize you! I saw your picture on the web, you’re the person who lost their bike! Just from the picture,” said Holvenstot.

“So the word is out there, and it’s really incredible. As you know, I just got a free iPad from somebody who saw the story and wanted to help, so it’s probably been more good than bad, overall.”

She had more words of praise for the community, after having lived in the Valley for many years.

“People are coming forward, and I’ve lived in the Comox Valley 40 years, I’ve always loved it here,” said Holvenstot.

“This, for some reason, is bringing out, for me, and like, I can’t believe it. It’s so great here.”

The black bike is a Jamis model equipped with an  eZee conversion kit. At the time it was stolen, the bike had red panniers (bags) attached to it.

If anybody knows the whereabouts of the bike, they can call the Comox Valley RCMP.

-with files from Troy Landreville