The University of Michigan will begin tagging abandoned bicycles on the Ann Arbor campus for removal beginning April 3.

The U-M Grounds Department will place brightly colored tags on bikes that show signs of abandonment, such as bent rims, rusted or broken chains, deteriorated tires or frozen brakes, cables or shifters.

The U-M Grounds Department will begin tagging abandoned bicycles for removal in April. (Photo by Kenn Rapp)

During the tagging process, each bike will be photographed and have its location, model, color, serial number or registration documented, if available. This information will be turned over to the U-M Police Department.

Bicycle owners who want to retrieve their bikes should contact the U-M Grounds Department at 734-763-5539 or online at plantops.umich.edu/grounds/grounds_svcs.

Since the program was launched in spring 2016, 659 abandoned bicycles have been removed from campus.

All collected bicycles in good condition will be donated to Project Healthy Schools, a community-Michigan Medicine collaborative, to be refurbished and donated to Michigan schools.

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