The Municipal Executive has decided to expand the abandoned bicycle policy to include the entire city. The idea is that municipal enforcement teams will patrol the streets checking for abandoned bicycles in all of The Hague’s neighbourhoods as of 1 April 2018.
Now that there is more enforcement capacity and the results from the first 8 neighbourhoods have proved a success, one of the biggest annoyances in the city will be tackled. According to Deputy Mayor Boudewijn Revis (Public Space), ‘The city is becoming more attractive and tidier now that we are clearing away abandoned bicycles. Moreover there is again more space for people who are actually using their bike and want to park it. We are going to remove abandoned bicycles in each neighbourhood.’
Deputy Mayor Boudewijn Revis joined the enforcement team in Rustenburg-Oostbroek on 7 February to affix labels on bicycles which have apparently been left standing for a long time. Rustenburg-Oostbroek is 1 of the 8 neighbourhoods in which the 28-day abandoned bike measures are in force. In these neighbourhoods bicycles may not be left standing unused on the same spot for longer than 28 days in a row.
So far nearly 1,500 abandoned bikes have been removed from these areas and brought to the Bicycle Depot Haaglanden. Less than 2% of the bikes have been collected by their rightful owners. This indicates that the bicycles were no longer in use and were dumped.
The rules for abandoned bicycles are now in force in parts of Duinoord, Bezuidenhout, Stationsbuurt, Leyenburg, Rustenburg-Oostbroek, Strandweg/Boulevard, Regentessekwartier and the Zeeheldenkwartier. In these designated areas bicycles may not be left standing on the street unused for longer than 28 days. Many residents and businesses have responded positively to the approach and often request the municipality to designate additional areas. Thanks to the success of these measures, the Municipal Executive has decided to designate the entire city for the 28-day abandoned bicycle measures.