Unclaimed bikes could be required to be used for youth repair program

Hundreds of unclaimed bicycles languishing in a Police Department warehouse could soon be required to go to Bike Build Convivios.

These events provide low-income youths with bikes, education and repairs in areas of The City where bicycling is not as popular, in some cases because families cannot afford bikes, such as the Bayview and the Excelsior. The program is operated by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and community groups PODER and POWER.

Since 2012, 400 of the unclaimed bikes in the police warehouse have been provided to local youths through the program.

Legislation introduced by Supervisor John Avalos would require police to make unclaimed bikes available to community efforts.

The resale value of the bikes must be less than $500. The law would also allow the bikes to go to adults as well, with the intent of creating a whole family of bike riders.

“The idea behind this legislation is to really make sure that we can promote really healthy alternatives to automobiles, to make sure that communities that have limited access to transit options can get greater access to the distribution of bikes,” Avalos said earlier this month.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the legislation Tuesday.

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