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You can report unusable bicycles that are chained to public property.

Public property includes:

  • Parking meters
  • Streetlights
  • Street signs
  • City-owned bike racks

You can also report a bicycle that is chained to and harming a City tree.

Bike Chained to Public Property

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is legally allowed to remove and recycle as bulk material an unusable (derelict) bicycle chained to public property.  You can request the removal of a bike chained to public property if it appears destroyed and completely unrideable.

DSNY will not remove:

  • Bikes that are still usable
  • "Ghost bikes" that have been placed on public property as a memorial for someone who is deceased
  • Bikes that are not chained to anything
  • Bikes that are chained to a private bike rack or any other private property
  • Bikes chained to a tree

Definition of Unusable Bicycle

For a bike to be considered unusable, it must have two or more of the following characteristics:

  • The bike appears to be crushed or not otherwise usable.
  • The bike is missing essential parts, such as handlebars, one or more pedals, rear wheel, or bike chain.
  • The handlebars, pedals, spokes, frames or rimes are damaged or bent. 
  • 50% or more of the bike is rusted, including parts like the frame, handlebars, and pedals, as well as the bike chain attaching it to public property. 

Bike Chained to Tree on Public Property

You can report bicycles chained to street trees or trees in parks that may be causing permanent damage to the tree, regardless of the bike's condition. Reports are investigated by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Department of Sanitation does not remove bikes chained to any private property.

The Department of Transportation does not maintain privately-owned bike racks or shelters. You should ask the owner or manager of the property where the rack is located to remove the unusable bike from the rack. 

You can find out the name of a property owner by checking the Property Deed or Record.