People’s column

Seeking answers on bicycles


I have often wondered what happened to those abandoned and unclaimed bicycles collected by the city of Dunkirk. As someone who has seen lives enhanced and even changed by something as basic as a restored bike, I have often felt compelled to pose this simple question.

If the answer is that they are paired up with those community members in need of two-wheel transportation to either seek or maintain employment, travel to medical appointments, secure groceries and other necessities, or improve or maintain overall health – that would truly be a wonderful thing. If, on the other hand, they are hidden away somewhere in a city facility, gathering dust and destined to be forgotten – that would truly be unfortunate.