Abandoned and vandalised bicycles on the TLRN

MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have received reports of many abandoned and vandalised bicycles attached to stands on the TLRN, and in some cases there appears to be confusion between TfL and the Boroughs as to who is responsible for their removal. Please provide details of TfL's approach to this issue.


Answer for Abandoned and vandalised bicycles on the TLRN

Answer for Abandoned and vandalised bicycles on the TLRN

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The removal of abandoned bikes is the responsibility of the Local Authority (i.e. the London borough), regardless of whether the road is part of the Transport for London Road Network or not. 

They can be removed by the local authority under the provisions of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (section 6) http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1978/3

TfL has had occasion to remove abandoned bicycles in the course of moving or removing bike stands or guard rails.  In these cases reasonable notice of intended removal of the stands is given and any attached bikes are taken into safe storage for a period of time. Owners are able to retrieve bicycles from storage during this period, after which they are destroyed or given to charity.