Clearing away abandoned bicycles in your neighbourhood

Abandoned bicycles are a huge nuisance to residents. Often there is not enough space left over to park bicycles which are being used. Moreover abandoned, often broken, bicycles make the street look messy and cluttered. The municipality is therefore clearing away abandoned bicycles in all neighbourhoods.

Bicycles may not be left standing unused on the street for more than 28 days. Otherwise it will be removed. In certain designated zones bicycles may not be left standing unused for longer than 7 days. This applies to the following zones: Den Haag HS train station, The Hague's Central Station (Den Haag CS), the downtown shopping area, Ypenburg train station, Laan van NOI train station and Mariahoeve train station. You can also do something to keep your neighbourhood clean. For example, report an abandoned bicycle to the municipality.

Removing abandoned bicycles by neighbourhood

Municipal surveillance officers will go through each neighbourhood in search of abandoned bicycles.

  • Every bicycle will get a yellow chalk mark on 1 of the tires and will be photographed.
  • If the bicycle is being used, the chalk mark will disappear.
  • If the bicycle is still standing unused after 28 days with the chalk mark on the tire, it will be photographed and the surveillance officer will affix a label on the bicycle.
  • If the bicycle is still there 3 days later, it will be removed. The Bicycle Depot Haaglanden will store it for 2 weeks.
  • Bicycle owners can get their bicycle back by showing proof of ownership or a working bicycle key and by paying € 25 (bank card or credit card only).
  • Bicycles which are not picked up will be sold or destroyed.

Some neighbourhoods have more abandoned bicycles than other neighbourhoods. This is why some neighbourhoods will be checked 1 time a year and other neighbourhoods 2 times a year. The municipal surveillance officers will also check the bicycles which residents have reported as abandoned in all the neighbourhoods.

  • Neighbourhood Number of the week
    Belgisch Park West / Stadhoudersplantsoen / Oostduinen / Rijslag / Van Stolkpark en Scheveningse Bosjes / Westbroekpark / Duttendel / Zorgvliet / Rijslag Week 23
    Bezuidenhout Oost Week 17 and 31
    Haagse Bos / Landen / Kampen / Marlot / Burgen en Horsten Week 24
    Binckhorst / Vogelwijk / Zuiderpark Week 25
    Bloemenbuurt West / Bloemenbuurt Oost Week 4
    Bosjes van Pex / B&M en B / Ockenburgh / Kijkduin / Kraayenstein, Kerketuinen en Zichtenburg / Houtwijk / Kom Loosduinen / Waldeck Zuid / Nieuw Waldeck / Rosenburg / Componistenbuurt / Waldeck Noord Week 22
    Centrum (Zuidwal, Uilebomen, Kortenbos, Voorhout) Week 2 and 29
    Heesterbuurt en Vruchtenbuurt Week 3 and 30
    Laakkwartier Oost / Laakhaven Oost / Laakkwartier West Week 6 and 32
    Noordpolderbuurt / Archipelbuurt / Morgenstond Oost Week 7 and 33
    Leyenburg / Bomenbuurt Week 19, 20, 42 and 43
    Moerwijk Oost / Moerwijk West / Moerwijk Noord / Moerwijk Zuid / Morgenstond Zuid / Morgenstond West Week 5
    Nassaubuurt / Uilennest / Duinzigt / Waalsdorp / Arendsdorp / Van Hoytemastraat e.o. / Willemspark Week 14
    Coast Week 20, 21, 39 and 40
    Rivierenbuurt Noord / Transvaalkwartier Midden / Transvaalkwartier Zuid Week 11 and 36
    Rustenburg / Oostbroek Noord / Oostbroek Zuid Week 8 and 34
    Schildersbuurt Noord / Schildersbuurt West / Huygenspark Week 16 and 44
    Rivierenbuurt Zuid / Groente- en Fruitmarkt / Transvaalkwartier Noord / Schildersbuurt Oost Week 28
    Statenkwartier / Bezuidenhout Midden Week 19 and 45
    Sweelinckplein en omgeving / Koningsplein en omgeving Week 10 and 35
    Valkenboskwartier / Energiecentrale Week 15 and 41
    Venen / Oorden / Raden / Zijden / Steden / Zichten / Dreven / Gaarden / de Uithof / Erasmus Veld / Hoge Veld / Parkbuurt Oosteinde / Lage Veld / Zonne Veld Week 9
    Vlietzoom Oost / De Rivieren / Vlietzoom West / De Bras / Vliegeniersbuurt / De Reef / De Lanen / De Velden / De Vissen / Rietbuurt / Bosweide / Tedingerbroek / De Venen / Morgenweide / Singels / Waterbuurt Week 26
    Bezuidenhout West / Eykenduinen / Laakhaven West / Spoorwijk Week 27
    Zeeheldenkwartier Week 12, 13, 37 and 38

Any bicycle can be seen as an abandoned bicycle

You can recognise an abandoned bicycle by:

  • dust and dirt on the saddle
  • a broken saddle
  • a rusted chain or weeds growing through the frame or a wheel
  • rusty wheels
  • missing parts

You can help

Report an abandoned bicycle via:

Municipal surveillance officers will also check reports of abandoned bicycles by residents in all the city districts.

      There are other rules for certain spots in the downtown area. Here bicycles will get a label if they are left standing longer than 7 days in a parking spot or bicycle rack. More information can be found under Enforcement of abandoned and wrongly parked bikes in downtown area.

        Get rid of your old bike

        Does your bicycle still work fine but would you like to get rid of it? Take your bicycle to a recycled goods shop (kringloopwinkel). You can find an overview of charity shops in The Hague on Is your old bicycle not worth repairing? Dispose of it at a waste drop-off centre. Or make an appointment to have it collected as bulky waste.

        Parking your bike

        More information

        Published: 2 October 2018Modified: 29 July 2021