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.
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:
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:
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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