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UNC Police to Host Annual Bike Auction

September 10, 2021

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, beginning at 11 a.m., the UNC Police Department will continue the tradition of selling abandoned bikes outside of Turner Hall. More than 110 bikes will be available for bid and anyone from the Greeley community is welcome to attend. Bicycles have been auctioned for as low as $5 in the past, making the event a great opportunity for anyone looking for new wheels while also supporting the UNCPD. Previous auctions have raised anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 for the department, which goes toward campus safety improvements, according to Detective Jeff Mellman. 

“Some of the bicycles were owned by students and abandoned. Others are found property, or the owners of the bicycles never claimed them,” said Mellman. 

UNC Police officers impound bikes left on campus starting on the Monday after Spring Finals Week. Students have up to a year to claim their bikes before they are set to be featured at the annual bike auction. 

UNCPD encourages students, faculty and staff to register their bikes through Parking Services, that way if their bike is abandoned or stolen, it can easily be returned through registration records. Bike registration also deters bicycle theft. Registration costs $20 and each student who registers their bike will receive a free U-lock. 

Visit the Bicycle Permits and Registration website to register a bike and to learn more about how to prevent bicycle theft. 

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