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May 16, 2014

Unique Bicycle Sale

CLINTON — For more than 20 years Information, Referral and Assistance Services has assisted the Clinton community in a unique way by selling discounted bicycles to residents.

On Saturday, the organization expects to top all previous events by offering the largest number of bicycles for sale in the event’s history.

With the assistance of the Clinton Police Department, the annual bike sale typically generates anywhere from 70 to 100 bikes each year. This year, Information, Referral and Assistance Services is expecting at least 125 bicycles at $20 apiece.

“We have a partnership with the Clinton Police Department so the majority of the bikes come from them but we’ll maybe get 20 to 25 donated from the community,” Information, Referral and Assistance Services Director Regan Michaelsen said. “There’s all different models, sizes and styles so there should be a good mix.”

Where a brand new bike can run anywhere from $150 to more than $500, the annual bike sale offers residents a chance to get used, or sometimes even new, bikes for an affordable price.

And without the assistance from the Clinton Police Department, none of it would be possible, Michaelsen said.

“The community support does help but without the police department there’s no way we could do this,” she said.

The event benefits the police department as well, Clinton Police Capt. Tom Bohle said.

The department acquires the bicycles in a variety of different ways from finding them dumped on the side of the road or apprehending them after being stolen.

Once the bike falls to the police department’s hands, they then issue notice to the owners that it has been recovered. The owners have 90 days to claim the bicycle and if they don’t, it becomes property of the police, and they become responsible for its storage. With limited space, Bohle said it sometimes becomes more of a burden than anything else.

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