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Office of Sustainability, Moving and Surplus announce ReBike Program

Are you an Ohio University student, or staff or faculty member who would like to purchase an affordable used bicycle? The University has a great new program to offer. 

On Wednesday, March 29, Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability and Moving and Surplus will be hosting the ReBike Program on the Ping Center lawn as part of the Spring Reuse and Repair Fair.  ReBike is a “first come, first served” sale of salvaged bicycles to students, staff and faculty.

Each year bicycles are abandoned on campus. Towards the end of spring semester, the Ohio University Police Department tags bicycles with colored paper, and owners who do not want their bicycle removed simply need to remove the tag from their bike. During a sweep of campus in June OUPD removes all bikes that still have the colored tags attached.

After collecting the abandoned bicycles, OUPD holds the seized property. If no claims have been made within 90 days, the property is legally declared abandoned and turned over to Moving and Surplus. This spring Moving and Surplus has collaborated with the Office of Sustainability to offer these salvaged bicycles for sale to our campus community. The Ohio Revised Code requires the property to be sold internally, so all ReBike participants will have to show their Ohio University ID card as proof of affiliation prior to purchase.

Registration and an opportunity to browse available bicycles will begin at 1 p.m., and the actual sale will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Once the sale starts, customers are assisted in the order they registered. Once the sale begins only a few people are allowed to view the bikes at a time. Once a selection is made, the customer and the bike are moved to the checkout table to complete the sale and then more customers are allowed to enter the bike corral.

All bicycles will be $40.00 (which includes tax) and are sold "as is." It is recommended to have the bikes professionally evaluated for safety prior to using. Payment must be made in the form of a personal check, money order made payable to "Ohio University" or cash. Credit cards will not be accepted. Only one bike per person may be purchased, all sales are final and there is a no return policy.

Local bike shops have offered discounts for ReBike buyers; specific information will be available during the ReBike event. Athens Bicycle staff will be available at the event to offer consultation and repair advice, and will continue to offer bicyclists repair advice until 4:30 p.m.

Hope to see you at ReBike!

This article was provided by Ohio University's Office of Sustainability.