Toronto: Abandoned Bikes to be removed from Sidewalks & Streets

Update: see previous posts – November 15, 2015 Toronto Will Remove Bikes from Streets/Sidewalks Between Nov.16-20/15, April 17, 2014 Toronto: Abandoned Bikes To Be Removed From Streets, April 11, 2013 Toronto: Spring Blitz – Abandoned Bikes Will Be Removed or Tagged Before Removal

Abandoned bikes are about to be removed from the city's bike rings and city streets. When in doubt about a bike's status, City workers' will tag it and come back seven days later. If it is still there it will be removed. Often, if a bike is left long enough, attached to a bike ring, it will be cannibalized by opportunists in the neighbourhood.
Abandoned bikes are about to be removed from the city’s bike rings and city streets. When in doubt about a bike’s status, City workers’ will tag it and come back seven days later. If it is still there it will be removed. Often, if a bike is left long enough, attached to a bike ring, it will be cannibalized by opportunists in the neighbourhood. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

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The City of Toronto will be removing abandoned bicycles from city streets over the next few weeks to free up critical space for those who wish to park their bicycles.

Residents can assist with this cleanup by calling 311 to report any bike that appears abandoned in the public right-of-way. To help the City identify the abandoned bikes correctly, callers are asked to identify the bike with as much information as possible, including the colour of the bike frame, the type of bike and the location.

A total of 813 derelict bikes were removed last year.
In 2015, over 1,500 abandoned bikes were removed from city streets. Many of these bikes were offered to not-for-profit cycling organizations. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

Usually an abandoned bicycle has missing or damaged parts, flat or missing tires, and is in unusable condition. If a bike has been locked at the same location for more than a month, it is likely abandoned and should be removed.

Bikes that are clearly derelict will be removed immediately. Where there is some question about whether a bike is abandoned, the City will place a notification on the bike that identifies the bike as abandoned. If a bike has been tagged in error and the owner does not want it to be removed, he or she should simply remove the tag and park the bike at a different location. After 14 days, the City will remove any bicycles that remain tagged in the original locations.

There are almost 1000 derelict bikes removed in Toronto every year.
A total of 813 derelict bikes were removed in Toronto in 2013. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

In 2015, over 1,500 abandoned bikes were removed from city streets. Many of these bikes were offered to not-for-profit cycling organizations.

The abandoned bike cleanup is part of the City’s spring cleanup program Clean Toronto Together, a month-long litter removal program that includes City divisions cleaning streets, parks and watercourses along with community-led clean-ups taking place in public spaces across the city.

The City of Toronto's Bicycle Locking Ring Program is a leader in North America, providing over 17,000 parking spots to the public on City sidewalks and boulevards. The program is intended to provide public bicycle parking facilities at destinations that are regularly frequented by cyclists. If bikes are locked onto the ring indefinitely, it will be tagged (ticketed) and eventually removed by the City of Toronto.
The City of Toronto’s Bicycle Locking Ring Program is a leader in North America, providing over 17,000 parking spots to the public on City sidewalks and boulevards. The program is intended to provide public bicycle parking facilities at destinations that are regularly frequented by cyclists. Post and Rings are designed for short term parking of a bike. If bikes are locked onto the ring indefinitely, it will be tagged (ticketed) and eventually removed by the City of Toronto within one week; if the bike is derelict it will be removed forthwith. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

 

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