Westminster Cycling Campaign News - December 2016

The problem of abandoned bikes - and what you can do about it

Photo of abandoned bikes
Abandoned bikes under the A40 next to Hilton Metropole Hotel on Edgware Road
(Photo: Jonny Grant)

Bikes left abandoned on cycle parking stands not only are a blot on the landscape but also reduce Westminster's already limited number of cycle parking places.

In order to get an abandoned bike removed in Westminster, you can email a photo and description to environmentalactionline@westminster.gov.uk and they will send you an acknowledgement email with a seven-digit reference number.

Before removing abandoned bikes, councils have to leave a notice of their intention on them for seven days and to retain them for 14 days after removal.

Contrary to popular belief, councils do not usually remove actively used bikes locked to street furniture unless they are dangerous or causing an obstruction.