Yesterday, an incident at Yonge and Bloor has cyclists asking everyone “Have you had a bike stolen at Yonge and Bloor in front of The Bay?” Perhaps it wasn’t stolen at all, at least not in the eyes of the thieves. Perhaps it was removed by security! Before jumping to conclusions, let’s look at the key facts first. One thing that seems certain is that Brookfield Properties owns the building facing the post where bikes have been removed, and Russell Security (RSSI) is contracted by them. RSSI was allegedly instructed to remove bikes from this pole. A TTC pole which at least ‘appears’ to be on public property. Incidentally, Brookfield Properties is a division of the same Brookfield that was implicated in the infamous Zucotti Parc eviction threats during Occupy Wall St. But don’t let that colour your opinions of this incident…too much.
Just the Facts Ma’am
The TTC has already stated that although the sign is indeed theirs, it’s not on their property, nor have they instructed the removal of any bikes. Head of TTC Communications Brad Ross was also very helpful in connecting the dots with City of Toronto officials for more info.
@JoFergs Just found out. It is our sign, but it’s not our property.
TTC is not giving direction to remove bikes
— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) August 14, 2014
For it’s part, the City of Toronto, was not only prompt in their responses and assured that “the matter has been reported to Right of Way Management and is being looked into” – but they also immediately processed “a request to Public Realm for installation of bike/post rings at this location”.
— 311 Toronto (@311Toronto) August 14, 2014