The City of Winnipeg is auctioning off nearly 750 unclaimed bicycles this weekend.

Some of the bikes have been tuned up by volunteer mechanics and are ready to ride, while others are buy "as is."

Part of the money from the auction goes to support community bicycle programs in the city.

Public viewing of the bikes started Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Varsity View Sportsplex.

Sunday public viewing begins at 10 a.m. and the auction takes place at noon.

Bike registration is also available, which ensures that if a bike is recovered by the city the owner gets it back at no extra charge.

New helmet law

The province's new bicycle helmet law comes into full effect on May 1.

That means anyone under the age of 18 that is caught riding a bike without a helmet can get ticketed.

First offences will be waived for people who complete a bicycle helmet safety course.

Parents with kids under the age of 14 will get the tickets themselves.