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News release - April 16, 2014 - City of Toronto removing abandoned bikes from streets, sidewalks


To report an abandoned bicycle on City road allowance, contact 311 to submit a service request for investigation by Right-of-Way Management.

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

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. There are two different processes in place to deal with derelict bikes which have been reported as abandoned.

One is complaint driven:

  • If a bike is inoperable (flat tires, rusty drive train, stripped down or missing parts) and is attached, locked or chained to municipal infrastructure for more than 24 consecutive hours, it will be removed without notice.
  • 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.

Bicycles are removed under TMC Chapter 743(H)

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.

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

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

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.