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City Bicycle Distribution Program to be Considered at City Council Jan 14th
Steve Schnaar
The Santa Cruz City Council will consider whether or not to reinstate the long-standing program of distributing unclaimed bicycles to youth in need. From 1996-2012 hundreds of bicycles were distributed to youth through various nonprofits. Two years ago the program was suspended with no notification or explanation, with bikes distributed for a time through a for-profit business, in violation of the municipal code. Some bikes were sold during that period which ordinarily would go to youth, also in violation of code. In August 2013 the City ended distributions entirely and began auctioning bikes off. It's time to put politics aside and start getting these bikes back in the hands of low-income youth.

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