Philadelphia19 Jun 2013 01:52 pm

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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

DAVID J. PERRI, P.E.
Acting Commissioner
DEPARTMENT OF STREETS
7th Floor – Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-1676

Contact: Aaron Ritz, 215-686-9000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2013

PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ABANDONED BICYCLES TO PHILLY311

Philadelphia, June 18, 2013 – Starting Thursday, June 27 through Thursday, July 11, the City of Philadelphia will conduct one of its periodic removals of abandoned bicycles. The public is encouraged to report abandoned bicycles through Philly311. Abandoned bicycles will be tagged by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities at least seven days prior to removal by the Streets Department.

Abandoned bicycles are those with missing or damaged parts, in unusable condition, and that have been locked in the same location for one month or longer. Residents, business owners, and visitors should report abandoned bicycles by using the Philly311 smartphone app, visiting www.phila.gov/311, or calling 311. Remember to include a description of the bicycle, its location, any damage, and what the bike is locked to (a bike rack, parking meter, etc.).

All bicycles scheduled for removal from racks, posts, and other structures will be tagged with a notice to alert the owner at least seven days prior to the removal date. Removing abandoned bicycles frees up existing parking areas for cyclists and keeps scarce sidewalk space clear. All abandoned bicycles will be donated to local charities that specialize in refurbishing bicycles. This effort follows up on prior abandoned bicycle sweeps conducted over the past year in which the Streets Department collected nearly 150 bicycles and donated them to Neighborhood Bike Works and Resources for Human Development.

If your bicycle has inadvertently been identified as abandoned, simply remove the tag and relocate the bicycle to different bike rack. Call the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities at 215-686-5493 if you are unable to move your tagged bicycle or if you have any questions.

 

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