Sam Crowl and ReBike program

Sam Crowl, associate director of OU’s Office of Sustainability, talks last April about the host of abandoned bikes the university has accumulated over the years. This file photo shows some of the bikes that likely didn’t make it to the university’s second annual ReBike sale on April 19, 2018. OU has its third annual sale today as part of Earth Day on campus. Photo by Conor Morris.

Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability is hosting its third annual ReBike Program, a program aimed at selling bicycles that have been abandoned on campus at an affordable price, this Thursday, April 18, outside the Walter Hall Rotunda as part of the Reuse & Repair Fair and Earth Day celebrations. 

ReBike is a “first-come, first-served” sale of “as-is” bicycles salvaged on campus, according to a news release.

Each year many bicycles are abandoned on campus and tagged by the OU Police Department toward the end of the spring semester. Owners who do not want their bicycle removed either tear the tag off or move the bike themselves. In June, the OUPD then collects all the bikes on campus that still have a tag and holds them. If no claims have been made within the first 90 days, the property is legally declared abandoned and turned over to OU Moving & Surplus where every spring they collaborate with the Office of Sustainability to offer these salvaged bikes for sale to the community.

First-come, first-served registration and an opportunity to browse available bicycles will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, with the actual sale beginning soon after. Once the sale starts, 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 (which includes tax) and are sold “as is.” OU recommends that buyers have their 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.

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

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