Originally Posted by Indie
One of the co-ops here in Toronto is encouraging apartment building managers to do that, and donate any unclaimed bikes to the co-op.
be them the bike pirates? those folks are awesome. i might have to wear my bike pirates shirt tomorrow.
yeah, talk to the library, or the city. a lot of cities have some kind of municipal bike roundup once or more per year, depending on need. the way it works here in boulder is that the police/city workers canvas a neighborhood, putting notices on the bikes saying something to the effect of "we think this bike has been abandoned. it will be confiscated on such and such date, unless removed." the confiscation date is usually like 30 days later or something...just to give people time to come get their bikes.
our coop has received up to 500 bikes this way, from our local police dept and the local university. some places will auction off the bikes.