Toronto: Spring Blitz – Abandoned Bikes Will Be Removed or Tagged Before Removal

Update:

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.

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The City of Toronto’s spring cleanup campaign is turning its tidy sights on abandoned bicycles, and wants your help.

If the City finds abandoned or deserted bicycles attached to Bicycle rings, they will be removed and collected
If the City finds abandoned or deserted bicycles attached to Bicycle rings, they will be removed and collected

City staff will, over the next few weeks, remove such bikes from rings and other locations across Toronto.

“The City is asking residents to assist in the effort by calling 311 to report any bicycle that appears abandoned,” a news release states.

“Residents can help staff identify the abandoned bikes correctly by providing as much information as possible, including the colour of the bike frame, the type of bike and the exact location.”

Obviously abandoned bikes will be removed immediately. When there is some question, a notification will be placed on the bike. If the bike has not been moved within seven days, staff will remove it.

Public works chair Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said getting rid of the junkers makes room for active cyclists to lock up.

“Removing abandoned bicycles is an easy and effective way to ensure that the city continues to provide adequate bike parking for cyclists,” Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East) said in the statement.

The cleanup is part of the month-long “Clean Toronto Together” program that includes graffiti removal, school and workplace cleanup days and Mayor Rob Fords April 20 community cleanup day.

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