Toronto Will Remove Bikes from Streets/Sidewalks Between Nov.16-20/15


A total of 813 derelict bikes were removed last year.
The City of Toronto in 2014 removed 1000 derelict bikes and in 2013 removed 813 derelict bikes. The City will not tag these bike frames, they will simply dispose of them. Bikes that are intact and have been abandoned, will be tagged, giving the owner an opportunity to remove them within 14 days. If they are not removed, the City will take them away. If the owner does not claim their bike within 60 days, the bike will be sent to be processed as recycled metal.

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The City of Toronto will be removing abandoned bicycles from city streets during the week of November 16 to 20/15 in advance of the winter season. Augmenting this is an annual spring clean-up that Road Operations and Solid Waste undertake every year. They remove abandoned/derelict bikes during the clean-up.

In 2014 – Toronto removed 347 abandoned bikes over a six (6) week clean-up, prior to the Pan Am/Parapan Games and 1000 derelict bikes.
in 2013 – Toronto removed 813 derelict bikes.

The program to remove abandoned and derelict bikes from the public Right-of-Way is run primarily by Right-of Way Management and Litter Operations.

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

Abandoned Bike Removal

As part of cleaning up the City, staff from the City’s Transportation and Solid Waste Divisions will be removing abandoned bikes from streets and sidewalks across Toronto to create more space for those who wish to park their bicycles

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

Bikes that are clearly derelict will be removed without notice.

Bikes that are clearly abandoned 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, they should simply remove the tag and park the bike at a different location.  After 14 days notice, the City will remove any bicycles that still remain tagged.

Litter Operations keep track of abandoned bicycles, they photograph them, and map the locations of the bikes they remove.

Bicycles removed from the road allowance will be kept for 60 days. if they are not claimed within this period they will be discarded at City transfer stations and processed as recycled metal along with other metal collected by the City.

What law(s) do the City rely upon to tag, ticket, remove & dispose of bikes?

Bicycles are removed under TMC Chapter 743(H).

Under the Toronto Municipal Code – Chapter 743 a bicycle is defined as follows: Includes a tricycle and unicycle, but does not include a motor assisted bicycle.

Residents Reporting Abandoned/Derelict Bikes:
If this a bike frame only, Solid Waste Management, Litter Operations will remove the frame.

To assist in this effort, the city is asking residents to call 311 to report any bike that appears abandoned.  To help the City identify the abandoned bikes correctly, please identify the bike with as much information as possible including the colour of the bike frame, type of bike and its location.

If this a bike frame only, Solid Waste Management, Litter Operations will remove the frame. All other abandoned bicycles on the City road allowance, will be investigated by Transportation Services, Right-of Way Management and tagged prior to removal.

  • If the bicycle is intact and rideable, Right-of-Way Management (ROW) By-law enforcement, will tag the bike giving the owner 14 days to remove the bike or respond that it is not abandoned. If there is no response ROW will forward a request to Solid Waste, Litter Operations, to remove it.
  • Abandoned bike frames on road allowance will be removed by Solid Waste, Litter Operations

If Your Bike is Missing:

Not all bikes are safely secured to post-and-rings and sometimes bike locks are cut-off and bikes are removed. Cyclists should be aware that rusty and damaged bicycles which have been left on bicycle locking ring stands may be tagged for removal. Once a bicycle has been tagged, its owner has 7 days to remove it. Solid Waste will remove the bikes and locks permanently in order to clear the public right-of-way and maintain availability of short-term bicycle parking. Bikes which are obviously derelict - stripped of parts or damaged beyond use - may be removed and discarded without notice. The City does not guarantee the return of any bicycle which has been removed from a bicycle locking ring stand. To report an abandoned bike, please call 311 or email
Sometimes cyclists leave their bikes attached to a bike ring for quite some time and when they return to retrieve their bike it is gone. The first thought is that it has been stolen. Sometimes, it is the City of Toronto that has removed the bike and they have to be contacted within 60 days.

Contact Litter Operations with inquiries about bikes that the City may have already removed from the City Right-of-Way.

For abandoned bicycles in City parks see: Abandoned shopping carts – bicycles – in City parks

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