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Bikes abandoned on GRT buses find new life with newcomers, refugees

Matt Landowski, assistant manager of transit passenger amenities and maintenance at GRT, runs a program that takes bikes abandoned on buses and at transit stations…

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Matt Landowski, assistant manager of transit passenger amenities and maintenance at GRT, runs a program that takes bikes abandoned on buses and at transit stations and donates them to people in need. (Carmen Groleau/CBC) Bicycles are left on buses or at bus shelters a lot more often than you might think, but rather than throw them away, these bikes are getting cycled back into the community.

Each year roughly 100 bikes end up at Grand River Transit’s (GRT) Strasburg Road facility in Kitchener, Ont., and they are donated to a number of local groups who can put them to good use.

Most of the bikes come to the facility during the warmer months when more people take advantage of the good weather, said Matt Landowski, assistant manager of transit passenger amenities and maintenance.

Once a bike is brought to Strasburg, staff record the bike’s serial number and description and try to work with police to get in touch with the owner.

"We run the serial number to confirm if the bike has been stolen, so we’ll share information with police so that we can reconnect the bike with its owner," he said. There are about 30 bikes right now at Grand River Transit’s Strasburg facility that will eventually be donated to people in need. (Carmen Groleau/CBC) If the bike has not been reported missing or stolen, Landowski said they keep the bike separate from the unclaimed ones for a month in hopes that the owner calls GRT to get it back.

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