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Abandoned Bikes Block Wheelchair Access

We all know that lots of abandoned bikes locked to bikeposts is a weird fact of urban life (why do people abandon their property?), and now the Toronto Star’s Fixer column is highlighting the problem on Queens Quay, where abandoned bikes are making life a little harder for some Torontonians:

Kit Jones called to say all four bike rings in front of her apartment building, on the northeast corner of Queens Quay W. and Rees St., have abandoned bikes locked to them.

Jones, who uses a wheelchair and relies on Wheel-Trans to get around, said there are so many old bikes on the rings that they’re sometimes an obstacle to accessing the public transit van.

Delivery vehicles are often parked in the same area, which limits the space available for the public transit vehicle, she said. If Wheel-Trans must wiggle into a spot near the bikes, sometimes there’s not enough room for her to get in or out.

When it’s too tight, the Wheel-Trans driver has to drop her off around the corner or use a loading dock at the back of the building, Jones said.

Do you know of other areas that are filled with abandoned bikes?

Abandoned bikes can be reported by contacting the City’s 311 dept. Give the operator an address or precise details of the location of the ring, and the information will be forwarded to an area office.

You could also log abandoned bikes on the map at SeeClickFix/Toronto, which 311 “follows”.

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