About 250 bikes will be up for sale online during Red Deer’s Police Bicycle Auction, from June 10 to 16.
Bikes on the auction block are either abandoned, or stolen, bikes recovered by community peace officers and RCMP that owners have not claimed.
Cherry Hill Auction will run the auction, which previously ran live bike auctions prior to the pandemic.
Owner Tim Kean said an online auction will actually give people a lot more time to carefully consider their bids, especially for those who are new to auctions.
“At a live auction, we’d have these bikes sold in two and a half hours,” Kean said.
But the online auction continues for six days, opening at 9 a.m. on June 10 and running until 6 p.m. on June 16.
He said there is also no limit to the number of people who can register to participate in the auction.
“They don’t have to leave their house.”
But they are required to come to Red Deer to pick up their bikes on June 18 or 19. The pickup location will be given to successful paid bidders only.
Photos and information on the bikes, including a couple scooters, are posted online at www.cherryhillauction.com.
He said the selection includes mountain bikes, racing bikes, children’s bikes, and standard bikes. Bikes are sold as is, but some are brand new.
Officers recover stolen or abandoned bikes regularly in the city. Bikes are stored for a minimum of 30 days and efforts are made to contact the owner. When a citizen reports a bike stolen or missing, the description of their missing bike is checked against those in storage to attempt a correct match.
Launched in 2019 in Red Deer, the 529 Garage bike registry has helped to reunite more people with their bikes.
Registered bikes display the tamper proof 529 Garage decal which deters potential thieves by letting the thief know the theft will be noticed, reported and ultimately has a higher chance of being recovered.