You’ve seen them…Everyone has
Those derelict bikes that have been locked up for so long, that they get picked over by thieving scavengers. Leaving the remaining bones to rust and rot until they simply become another eyesore in an urban landscape. Luckily the City of Toronto (through it’s Transportation Services Division) is well aware of the need to finally carry off these carcasses, and does so every year during a general Spring Cleanup where the streets are combed for a variety of repair and rubbish issues. What you might not realize is that you as a Citizen can also exercise your civic role by alerting the City to any derelicts you’ve seen on public property, and then witness the final results within just a few weeks!
Now before you get any ideas for practical jokes, be advised that The City will not only exercise good judgment in these matters, but also post 7 day-notices on reported bikes as well. Afterward, the bikes are collected by Operations Crews, and held for an additional 30 days before being disposed of. During that time you can claim a bike by going through a rigorous identification process, that would definitely put anyone on a legal hook, if they were to try some underhanded little stunt with someone else’s bike…Or worse!
This does leave us with a couple of questions though
- How do these bikes get abandoned in the first place ?
- How are they disposed of ?
Although there’s no explanation for lost bike-lock keys, lassitude, laziness, or perhaps even sudden disappearances, we can speculate that most of these bikes didn’t have a great personal value to begin with…Especially if they were ill-begotten!
Although most valuable parts are usually stripped off by parasites, long before the City takes them away, it bears mentioning that there could be some value there to organizations with the means to either repair or cannibalize them, or even just sell them for their scrap metal value…Rather than have them wind up in a City Dump as they currently do.
Please be sure to Follow Me, as I look into this, and I’ll be sure to let you know where things are going with this program in the future, just in case we can derive greater value out of this matter of Civic Operations.
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In Ottawa ON, such derelicts are rounded up and collected by Crown Assets Distribution, a which is “a federal government organization responsible for the sale, distribution, disposal and re-use of surplus federal goods.” Their website posts items for auction, and sells everything from clothing to cars on a blind bidding system. Up until 2004 the police had arranged their own auctions, but their arrangement with CAD means they don’t have to worry about finding and renting a venue, staffing an auction, and all the other hassles involved. And the money still goes back to police administration.
So obviously there are some perks to running a city that also serves as the seat for Federal Government in Canada! Toronto unfortunately hasn’t come up with such a solution without needing to incur additional administrative costs. In the meantime, you can just call 311 to have any eyesores taken care of in your own neighborhood here in our own fair city.