In the News: Ohio State, other area colleges put abandoned bikes to good use

Transportation and Traffic Management's John Shrader can picture the too-full family SUV at the end of spring semester that couldn’t possibly fit a bicycle.

He can comprehend how a bicycle’s flat tire could be neglected in the hustle and bustle of a student’s school year. And he knows that sometimes students are already in a neighboring state on their drive home before they realize they’ve forgotten their two-wheeled companion.

It’s these scenarios and more that Shrader thinks about while he sends sparks flying with the angle grinder he uses to cut off locks and impounds the bikes. During the last year, Ohio State has collected about 525 deserted bikes.

Read the full Columbus Dispatch article.