It is that time of year again—the annual bicycle abatement is happening at the Ohio State University. This program, undertaken by the Dept. of Transportation and Traffic Management. The bikes are then donated to a local program.
The department estimates it collects, on average, 400-500 bikes a year. During the sweep bicycles on campus are tagged with a yellow warning notice. Bike owners have two weeks to move the bikes after tagging. Unmoved bicycles are impounded up to 90 days.
The department stated that even with hundreds of bike racks all over the campus, during the semester bike parking is always at a premium.
Even after the bikes are impounded owners have a chance to reclaim them, given they are able to prove the bike is theirs with a bike lock key, photo identification, sales receipt or some other kind of reasonable evidence of ownership.
The unclaimed bikes go to Third Hand Bike Co-op. The Columbus based nonprofit offers the repaired and safety tested bicycles at low cost to the community along with inexpensive repairs and workshops to increase ridership.