The City of Winnipeg’s annual bike auction will once again be an online-only auction instead of in-person.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the hundreds of stolen and lost bicycles that the Winnipeg Police recovers ever year? They’re auctioned off at the annual Winnipeg Bicycle Auction.

The Winnipeg Police Service releases annual reports that include statistics on crime in the city, including bike thefts. According to the most recent report available, which covers the year 2020, there were 1,344 reported bike thefts in Winnipeg. This represents a decrease from the previous year, where there were 1,585 reported bike thefts in 2019.

It’s important to note that not all bike thefts are reported to the police, so the actual number of bikes stolen in Winnipeg may be higher. The police encourage people to report all bike thefts, no matter how small, so they can track trends and patterns in the city’s crime and allocate resources accordingly.

Online bidding for the Winnipeg Bicycle Aution takes place from April 26 – May 3, 2023. If you win the auction, your bike will be available for pick up in person at 7130 Roblin Blvd from May 4 – 12. All bikes at auction will be pre-registered in the city’s bike registry. The registration fee of $7.35 will be added to the purchase price of the bike (children’s bikes not included).

Payment can be made by Cash, Debit, e-Transfer, Credit Card (MasterCard and Visa). Cheques will not be accepted.

Bikes are sold as is with no warranty or refunds. Approximately 150 bicycles will be tuned and ready to ride courtesy of W.R.E.N.C.H. volunteers & mechanics.

Head to the Bicycle Auction Website for more information.