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April 10, 2013
City of Toronto to remove abandoned bikes from streets
The City of Toronto will be removing abandoned bicycles from city streets over the next few weeks to create more space for cyclists to park their bicycles.

"Removing abandoned bicycles is an easy and effective way to ensure that the City continues to provide adequate bike parking for cyclists," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

The City is asking residents to assist in the effort by calling 311 to report any bicycle that appears abandoned. 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.

"An abandoned bicycle typically has missing or damaged parts, flat or missing tires, is in unusable condition, and has usually been locked to the same location for more than a month," said Stephen Buckley, General Manager, Transportation Services.

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 seven days of notice, the City will remove any bicycles that still remain tagged.

The abandoned bike cleanup, part of the City's four-week spring cleanup program, is a component of the Clean Toronto Together program, which also includes removal of graffiti vandalism, cleanup days at schools and workplaces, and Mayor Rob Ford's Community Clean-up Day.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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