CASPER, Wyo. – Forty-three lost and lonely bikes in various states of repair sat in a dark storage garage.
On Thursday, representatives from three local organizations gave those bikes new homes.
The bikes were lost or stolen and all collected by the Casper Police Department over the past year.
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The department does its best to find the owners, according to evidence supervisor Jacci Warne. She says most owners don’t record the serial numbers, making matching difficult. Other bikes are simply abandoned.
This year the bikes went to Science Zone, Hope House, Natrona County Child Protection and to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming.
B&G Club Casper director Brian McCarthy took 15 bikes for the club’s bike shop, which teaches kids how to repair and maintain bikes.
“We also do a lot of bike riding, we have kids who actually learn to ride a bike with us,” he said. “At the end of the summer we start sending them home to some of the families and kids who don’t have bikes.”
The police department gives away unclaimed bikes every year. Applications for the bikes can be made at casperpolice.org/bikedonation.