Abandoned Bicycles

Abandoned bike

BICYCLE PARKING ON THE PUBLIC WAY

  • Bicycles are permitted to park against a building, street sign pole, or on a bicycle rack or other facility specifically intended for that purpose.
  • Under no circumstances shall a bicycle obstruct the pedestrian path of travel or handicap access ramps.  A parked bicycle must leave at least 36 inches of an obstruction free path of travel.
  • Bicycles are not permitted to be parked to: fire hydrants, hand railings, benches, trees, trash receptacles or parking meters.
  • Bicycles shall not be parked longer than 72 consecutive hours at the same location in any business district as defined in section 12.8.
  • Bicycles in violation of the above regulations shall be tagged and removed immediately if presenting a public safety hazard as noted in section 12.9(b) and given a 72 hour notice to remove for violations in sections 12.9 (c) and (d).  Removed bicycles shall be held by the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works for a minimum of 30 days.
  • No motorized vehicles shall be parked on a bicycle rack of other facility specifically designed and intended for bicycle parking.  Violators are subject to immediate removal from the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works or Police Department.

ABANDONED BICYCLES
A bicycle with one or more of the following defects can be removed by the City of Cambridge Public Works Department for public safety and maintenance purposes:

  1. no tires or wheels
  2. warped wheels or frames
  3. missing, rusted, or broken chain in a state that renders it inoperative
  4. missing or warped handle bars

BICYCLE REMOVAL
Bicycles in violation of any of the above parking restrictions or that have been abandoned will be tagged with a yellow bicycle removal tag by the Department of Public Works.  The yellow tag will list the violation and request that the bicycle be removed within 72 hours (3days) of being tagged.   The bicycle will be stored for a minimum of 30 days.  You may retrieve your bicycle - at no charge- by contacting Vincent Best at 617.349.4869/ vbest@cambridgema.gov.   The only exception to the 72 hour removal period is if the bicycle is blocking the pedestrian way or a handicapped access ramp; if this case the bicycle will be removed immediately.

THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGES TO LOCKS OR BICYCLES THAT ARE REMOVED. 

To report an abandoned bicycle, or to inquire about a bicycle that may have been removed by Public Works, please contact:
Vincent Best, Compliance Officer
617.349.4869/  vbest@cambridgema.gov

 

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