Police putting unclaimed bikes to good use

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Norfolk’s Police Services Board will forgo some revenue this year from its annual auction of unclaimed bicycles.

Instead, the board has agreed that the Norfolk Association for Community Living will be allowed to pick through the Norfolk OPP’s current collection and salvage bicycles that NACL clients can use.

NACL is focused on bicycles because members with special needs often rely on bicycles to get around. They often have limited incomes so any bike that can be made roadworthy will find an owner.

The Norfolk OPP’s collection of unclaimed bicycles used to be sold at a live auction. Now an online auction website handles the job. The local force sold 88 bicycles last year for $472. This revenue was turned over to the police services board.

“Most of them are fit for scrap,” Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, told the board on Sept. 4.

Securing bicycles for NACL clients is the subject of a new fundraiser called Paddle for Pedals. The exercise features a collection of paddle boarders making the shoreline trek from Turkey Point to Port Dover.

Last year’s event raised $1,665, a letter from the Paddle for Pedals committee told the PSB. The cash was used to buy three new bicycles and pay for repairs to several others.

The year’s Paddle for Pedals event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15.

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