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2022 Health and Safety Festival, Bike Auction Provides Resources to Students, Faculty and Staff

September 9, 2022

The 15th annual UNC Health and Safety Festival will take place on Wednesday, Sept.14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., between McKee Hall and Candelaria Hall.  

UNC’s Environmental Health and Safety Department hosts the festival in partnership with county and state agencies to provide educational materials related to safety, health and the environment. Those who attend the free event can take advantage of hands-on demonstrations with the Greeley Police Bomb Squad and Greeley Fire Department, peek inside of a Medivac helicopter and visit with local health and safety agencies at their information booths. The UC Health Bloodmobile will also be on site for anyone who can donate blood. Those interested can sign up online. 

In combination with the festival, the UNC Police Department (UNCPD) will be holding their annual bike auction at 12:45 p.m. Between 30 and 40 bikes will be available for bid and proceeds from the auction will go towards campus safety improvements. UNCPD Commander Patrick Gallagher says in past years the funding helped add additional cameras and maintain the emergency call boxes on campus. Last year, the auction raised $1,200 in sales. 

Gallagher says the bikes to be featured at the auction were either abandoned by students or were found property discarded by community members. 

Bikes left on campus beginning the Monday after spring finals week are impounded by UNCPD. Students have up to a year to reclaim their bikes before they are set to be featured at the bike auction. 

As a deterrent to bike theft, students are encouraged to register their bikes. This makes it easier for UNCPD to locate stolen bikes. Registration costs $20 and includes a free U lock. 

Visit the Bicycle Permits and Registration webpage to register a bike and to learn more about how to prevent bicycle theft. 

written by Alani Casiano, a senior English major at UNC

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