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Abandoned bicycles

The Abandoned Bike Procedure aims to ensure parking spaces are available for active cyclists.

Why abandoned bicycles are an issue

Simply put, abandoned bikes on campus take up space that other cyclists could use. For that reason, the Abandoned, Lost and Forgotten Movable Bicycle Procedure was implemented to reduce the number of abandoned bikes on campus, which helps ensure that parking spaces are available for active cyclists.

Campus bicycle parking facilities are limited and designed for temporary parking of bicycles in active use — not for long-term storage. Abandoned bicycles reduce the number of parking spaces available to cyclists and can cause safety, accessibility and aesthetic issues.

What happens to abandoned bikes

Any bicycle considered to be an abandoned bicycle will be impounded to maintain adequate, safe and accessible bicycle parking. All removed bicycles will remain in storage for a period of 90 days, during which time they may be claimed by their owner. Should a bicycle not be claimed within the 90 days allotted, it will be donated or recycled.

Bicycle sweeps will take place approximately twice a year.

Read the complete abandoned bicycle procedure (PDF – 256 KB) document to find out what constitutes an abandoned bicycle, how to claim your bike if it gets tagged as "abandoned" and more.

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