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DOTS Accepting ‘Bicycle Recycle’ Donations Through Monday

By Maryland Today Staff

If you have two wheels too many crowding the garage or shed, the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) will take that old bike off your hands through May 31—and come next semester, you might just see a gussied-up version of it crossing campus under the power of a new owner.

DOTS provides affordable refurbished bikes to students while reducing waste headed for landfills through Bicycle Recycle, now in its third year. Donated bikes are fixed up at the RecWell Bike shop for resale at prices often far below what used bikes sell for in local shops or even on Craigslist or amid a pandemic-driven shortage.

“Even if it’s a real beater, those can often be harvested for parts for use on another bike,” said Marta Woldu, DOTS acting assistant director of sustainability.

The recycled bike sale will be held sometime this fall. To find out more, visit the DOTS website, or fill out a donation release form to schedule a no-contact pickup in the next week.

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