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ReBike Program to sell abandoned bikes to University community April 19


Are you an Ohio University student, or staff or faculty member who would like to purchase an affordable used bicycle?

The second annual ReBike Program is a first-come, first-served sale of salvaged bicycles to students, staff and faculty that will take place Thursday, April 19, outside the Walter Hall Rotunda. The evaluation period begins at 1 p.m. followed by the actual sale from 2 to 4 p.m.

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.

Once the sale begins, customers are assisted in the order they registered and only a few people are allowed to view the bikes at a time. After 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.

Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability and Moving and Surplus is hosting the ReBike Program as part of the Spring Reuse and Repair Fair and Earth Day/Arbor Day festivities.

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. 

Staff from local bike shops and other volunteers will be available at the event to offer consultation and repair advice.