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News Release - November 13, 2015: City of Toronto to remove abandoned bikes from streets, sidewalks

To report an abandoned bicycle on City road allowance, contact 311 to submit a service request. 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.

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 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

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.