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On the campus of University of Connecticut is a nonprofit, BiCi, that refurbishes the abandoned or impounded bicycles and donates them to city shelters and other people in need.

"Dozens of bicycles found abandoned at the University of Connecticut or impounded by the school are finding new homes in Hartford.

"The school this month donated 60 such bikes to BiCi Co., or Bicicleta Comunidad, an educational inner-city bike shop run by the nonprofit Center for Latino Progress.

"That organization plans to refurbish the bicycles in its classes and workshops. Most will be donated to city shelters or will go to those who are learning to fix them as part of the shop’s earn-a-bike program."--Pat Eaton-Robb

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