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2017 Annual Bicycle Auction

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Traverse City police will auction off recovered and unclaimed bicycles at the annual auction Saturday, May 6, 2017.


The Traverse City Police Department says that this year they’ve got bikes recovered from both the city and county up for auction, for a total of over 140 bikes.

The bikes range from older 10-speeds to high-end mountain and road bikes.  In the past, bikes at the auction have gone for as little as $1 to several hundreds of dollars, depending on the type of bike and the condition it’s in.

All money raised from the event will be split between the city and county and deposited into the general fund.

Michigan law states that the Police Department must hold on to recovered property for a set length of time before they may do anything with it.  This gives the owner a chance to come and claim their property.  The police say that even though this holding time has ended, if someone were to come in and recognize a bike as theirs, they are more than happy to reunite the owner with their stolen property — so long as a police report was filed when the bike went missing.

The auction takes place at the Traverse City Department of Public Works on Woodmere Avenue on Saturday, May 6th starting at 9:30 a.m.  The bikes will be available for viewing starting at 8:30 a.m.

Visitors are asked to use the Hannah Avenue entrance.