Cal Poly’s bi-annual silent bike auction on Monday had students lined up to the end of the parking lot at the University Police Department (building 36). All 99 bikes offered in the auction were sold, according to Parking and Event Coordinator Gaven Hussey, bringing in an estimated $9,000.
The bikes up for auction were impounded last spring and the beginning of summer. The majority of bikes were abandoned by students, according to Hussey.
The event started as a way to offset the cost of bike programs on campus that teach about bike safety. The funds are put into a trust used to pay for programs like bicycle and skateboard diversion class and bicycle patrol programs.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” statistics junior Acacia Moran said. “A couple have rusted, but with a little fixing up they could be a brand new bike for someone who really needs it.”
Bidding started at $10 for each bike. Some bikes have sold for as much as $300 or $400 in previous years, according to Hussey.
“There are a couple bikes in here that are worth upwards of $1,000, so someone is gonna get a pretty good steal,” Hussey said.
Bidding lasted from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. There are plans for another bike auction during Spring 2019.