After initially being postponed by Hurricane Dorian, the University of Miami Police Department rescheduled its used bike sale to Friday, Sept. 20.
The annual sale, which benefits the United Way, will be held on the first floor of Pavia Garage. Students will have first access to the sale, beginning at 10 a.m., and faculty and staff of the university community will be able to join at 11 a.m.
In order to make more room for properly registered and parked bikes, the university removes abandoned, illegally parked or unlocked bikes and moves them to the “dungeon,” a storage room in Pavia Garage. After three months, the bikes are reclaimed by the university then listed for sale at the annual bike sale. The university urges registered owners of the bikes to pick up their bikes up until the sale.
Alexandra Martinez, UMPD crime prevention officer, and programs manager, has spearheaded the program since its birth.
“I found that the practice of recycling these abandoned bikes is a sensible solution and serves our community.”
Bikes for sale range from $30 to $80, depending on the condition of the bike. The UM Bicycle Club provides information on each bike stating the necessary repairs, if any, and are available on-site to offer advice to prospective buyers. Students are advised to bring their student IDs. Cash, check and credit card will all be accepted.
“I found that the practice of recycling these abandoned bikes is a sensible solution and serves our community,” said Martinez. “My goal is to continue recycling abandoned bikes via these sales and hopefully have students get in the habit of donating them as they graduate.”
Sales benefit the UM United Way. For the past two years, the bike sale has raised $7,719.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: Students, faculty and staff of the university community
WHAT: Used Bike Sale
WHEN: 10 a.m. for students, 11 a.m. for staff and faculty
WHERE: First floor of Pavia Garage