[11.7.22] All, Last week we completed the bike donation event with Working Bikes. Thanks to some Bike Project volunteers we were able to pack their truck full of bikes in about an hour and a half.
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Collection and Donation of Abandoned Bicycles (Ongoing)
All, While my jury duty service was still in effect, we had reduced hours as needed last week but were able to open fully Wed – Fri. It was the first week of noticeably fewer folks through the doors.
Every summer, Facilities & Services (F&S) tags all bicycles left on campus property and confirms the abandoned bicycles. University Parking cuts the locks, collects, and transports the abandoned and unwanted bicycles on campus.The bicycles are inventoried at the storage facility and the bicycles are searched in the University's registered bicycle database to identify the owners of the impounded bicycle. If the bicycle is registered, the owner is contacted to collect their bicycle. If the bicycle was not registered, it is kept in the storage until mid-September.
Bicycle owners have until mid-September to claim their bicycles. If the bicycle is not claimed after this holding period, the unwanted bicycle is donated to The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign. Many of these bicycles can be refurbished but due to the volume of bicycles collected, most are donated to the non-profit Working Bikes for shipment to overseas partner agencies. The Campus Bike Center Manager goes to the storage facility and collect bicycles for refurbishing and prepare the rest for shipment.
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