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Collection and Donation of Abandoned Bicycles (Ongoing)

Project History

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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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Bicycles Donated to Working Bikes Chicago

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Sarthak Prasad

    Project Leader:

    Sarthak Prasad

    Team Members:

    • Jake Benjamin
    • Stacey DeLorenzo
    • Brandon Alexander - Parking