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We reported on Thursday about derelict bikes locked to rings around the Ryerson University campus, which denies cyclists who intend to ride their bike home a secure place to lock them up while at school.
The sheer number of bikes locked to rings by people who don’t retrieve them has always fascinated us; the city says it cut loose more than 1,500 from rings in 2015, and we’re pretty sure they missed a lot more.
So we were delighted to get a news release on Friday that said a full-scale removal of derelict bikes is about to commence, as part of Clean Toronto Together, the city’s annual spring cleanup program.
“Residents can assist by calling 311 to report bikes that appear abandoned in the public right-of-way,” said the news release. “Callers are asked to identify the bike with as much information as possible, including the colour of bike frame, type of bike and location.”
Typically, an abandoned bike has “missing or damaged parts, flat or missing tires, and is unusable. If a bike has been locked at the same location for more than a month, it is likely abandoned and should be removed.”
Bikes that are obviously derelict will be removed immediately, while others that look like they might still be wanted will be tagged with a notice saying it must be moved within 14 days, or the city will remove it.
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