Plateau's new approach to locked bikes

The Plateau Mont Royal borough is modifying its locked bike bylaw after a public outcry over a removal blitz in May.

Many cyclists whose bikes here hauled off to the city's impound yard thought they'd fallen prey to thieves, not city workers armed with bolt cutters.

Now, a notice will be left behind and the focus will be on locked bikes impeding pedestrian traffic. That's for bikes chained to city infrastructure such as lamp-posts.

Those locked to trees on city property will simply be carted away to the impound yard with no notice left behind.

At the same time, the borough will install 175 additional bike racks.

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  1. Debra Fogel posted on 07/11/2014 09:24 AM
    As a long time urban cyclist, I never chain my bike to a tree - it could damage the tree. And I try to remain respectful of my fellow citizens trying to negotiate cracked, broken and bumpy sidewalks by making sure my bicycle does not add to their woes.
  2. Paul posted on 07/11/2014 10:05 AM
    "Those locked to trees on city property will simply be carted away to the impound yard with no notice left behind."

    Isn't that what thieves do?
  3. sdm posted on 07/11/2014 10:41 AM
    Working hard to make it as difficult to park a bike safely in the Plateau as it is to park a car.
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