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Dublin City to tag and recycle abandoned bicycles clogging up street parking

Abandoned bicycles taking up valuable and limited parking spaces are to be more actively removed by Dublin City Council — a new policy set last month means tags will be put on the bikes first to warn users.

The policy gives users of bicycle racks a large time window to remove bicycles:. First there’s a two week monitoring time before a bicycle is tagged; and then, if the bike is deemed to be abandoned and tagged, another two weeks is given for the tag or bicycle to be removed.

If the abandoned bicycle is in a reasonable condition after those four weeks, it will be removed and stored in a Dublin City Council storage facility for another four weeks before it is recycled, disposed of or donated depending on its condition. Bicycles in more of a scrap condition may not be stored for those final four weeks and are likley to be recycled straight away.

“The demand for on-street cycle parking within Dublin City centre is growing as the number of cyclists increase. Abandoned bicycles take up valuable space that cyclists could otherwise be using. They are unsightly and can at time pose a hazard to other pedestrians and cyclists,” Sarah Scannell, the city council’s new cycling and walking promotion officer, wrote on is the council’s little-updated cycling website which Scannell has been tasked with updating more reguarlly.

She added: “To tackle this issue Dublin City Council is has developed Abandoned Bicycle Policy and implemented the use of Abandoned Bicycle Tags. These tags will be placed on bicycles that, by their condition, appear as abandoned. Flat tyres on both front and back wheels, buckled or missing wheels, damaged frames or heavily rusted chains and sprockets will be taken as indications that the bicycle has been abandoned.”

Scannell said that the removal of abandoned bicycles will be managed on an area basis by the city’s public domain enforcement officers with the assistance of the traffic and waste management sections. She said: “Council officials will exercise caution when determining whether a bike is abandoned or not. Before a bicycle is removed a photographic record of the condition of the bicycle will be taken. The lock(s) will then be cut and the bicycle removed.”

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  1. This is a great initiative by the council. Some frames are left lying around for months. Four weeks is more than enough time to move your bike.

    I like the idea of making unclaimed bikes available for someone who will get some use out of them. I’m sure the city’s student community would be interested.

  2. Definitely a good idea. Good move by the council.

    Now if only we could do the same with all the parked cars everywhere :)

  3. Great idea, if Án Garda Siochána took cycle theft more seriously there may be fewer bicycles with missing wheels clogging up parking spaces though!


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