We're trying to push City of Toronto to do the same thing. The latest example: 2000+ bikes were seized by the police as "evidence" of one notorious bike thief. Many groups made depositions to the city to get the bikes. The newspapers just announced that they will be sold to pay for his court case.
Maybe it's a Canadian thing?

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 12:20 PM, Andrea Smith <andrrrea@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Everyone,
I'm looking for an example of a city where a community bike shop handles all impounded bikes at a central location and then refurbishes and sells the ones that aren't claimed. I work on cycling issues in Vancouver and Victoria on the west coast of BC, Canada, and the current situation (where if the cops can't find the owner of a stolen they sell it and keep the money) is seriously messed up. I'd like to propose an alternative where a nonprofit could be set up to handle the whole impound process, and it'd be great if I could point to an example where it's already done this way.

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