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City Launches Annual Bike Cleanup

Abandoned bikes will soon be removed from streets and sidewalks.

If you haven’t checked on your bike in a while, you might want to pay it a visit: starting today, the City will be unchaining and removing abandoned bikes from Toronto streets as part of its annual spring cleanup.

Bikes that are “clearly derelict” will be immediately removed; if the City’s unsure of the bike’s status, it will leave behind a notice identifying the bike as abandoned. And if the owner begs to disagree, he or she can just take off the notice and park the bike somewhere else—the City will come back and collect tagged bikes within two weeks.

Residents, the City says, can support the cleanup by phoning 311 to report abandoned bicycles—presumably residents can also support the cleanup, and avoid the potential loss of their bikes, by making sure all not-at-all-abandoned bikes are safe, present, and accounted for.