Buy an unclaimed bike in Oak Park

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Looking for a used bike that's on the not-too-expensive side? The Village of Oak Park has the cure for you later this month.

The Oak Park Police Department is hosting its annual sale of unclaimed bicycles on July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 150 recovered bikes will be available during the outdoor sale, which is located at 260 Madison St.

Bikes will range in size, style and condition, according to a village press release, and will be priced from $30 to $100. Each person can only purchase one bike, with a limit of two per household.

Call 708-386-3800 or email for more information.

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Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 19th, 2011 7:08 PM

I stand corrected,Trustee Johnson. Ms. Poulus had been identified in the press as being charge with implementing the comprehensive bike plan. How is that now being coordinated and is there a staff person at Village Hall who can be contacted for information?

Ray Johnson from Oak Park  

Posted: July 19th, 2011 2:30 PM

@ Mr. Coughlin: The Bike Plan and Safe Routes to School were created in partnership with the volunteer citizen commission: Transportation, Dept. of Public Works, and VOP Engineering.

Dennis Leaks, Community Policing Liaison  

Posted: July 19th, 2011 2:08 PM

The Police Department will be registering bicycles on-site at this Saturday's bike sale. As Trustee Johnson stated, we continue to register bikes at community events and upon request. For more information, please call us at 708-386-3800.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 19th, 2011 1:07 PM

I thought that the bike friendly plan was under the direction of K.C. Poulus.

Ray Johnson from Oak Park  

Posted: July 19th, 2011 12:28 PM

I have never even heard of a "bike coordinator" on staff and what I've witnessed is that all recovered property is managed by various police staff. Bike regisration is offered for free by the police and at least one local bike shop - Barnard's Schwinn on North Avenue. Contact the police at 386.3800 or to get more information on registering your bike(s). I know officers have registered bikes at community events, block parties, RBO meetings, etc.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 18th, 2011 10:50 PM

Ray Johnson would know more about it than me but I think the position is being funded with grant money. The idea is to coordinate activities and programs that will make Oak Park more bike-friendly. I do hope there is an effort to inform residents about registering their bikes. It's a good move that you could obtain a license at a local bike shop and hope that it is a widespread practice. The registration drives conducted years ago at the neighborhood rec centers were very popular.

L. Armstrong  

Posted: July 18th, 2011 5:59 PM

...or you could easily google it. Please, please, PLEASE tell me Oak Park does not have a salaried full-time bicycle coordinator. Barnard's on North Ave took care of OP registration right in the store when we purchased our bikes there a few years ago.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 18th, 2011 5:24 PM

Thanks,Kathryn. Do you know if the registration process is conducted thru the police departement or Village Clerk's office? Is there a fee? Oak Park's bicycling coordinator needs to get this information out to the community.

Katherine W from Oak Park  

Posted: July 18th, 2011 4:53 PM

We had a bike stolen in OP a couple of years ago, and the registration process enabled us to get it back. I take no credit; our neighbor, the previous owners, had been the one smart enough to register it. When I went to the police station to get it, I was shocked by the # of unclaimed bikes(along with a bunch of Razor scooters) just sitting there. More of us should take advantage of this free service.(Also, jot down serial #s of bikes & kids' scooters for use in future police reports!)

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 18th, 2011 12:25 PM

Does Oak Park still offer a bike registration program? These unclaimed bikes up for auction should be returned to the rightful owners but that's impossible if the police don't have the proper information. I recall that there used to be bike registration events at the neighborhood community centers. A good opportunity to inform bike riders about safety issues and the rules of the road. This could be a positive project for Oak Park's bicycling coordinator.

T.J. from OP  

Posted: July 15th, 2011 3:49 PM

In years past I have found this program to be a bad deal. Bikes are often too expensive. You are better off going on Craigslist and buying back your stolen bike. Besides, your purchase is just gonna get stolen again before summer is over.

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