Municipality removing 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. The municipality is going to track down and clear away abandoned bicycles in all neighbourhoods in 2019.

A bicycle may not be left standing unused and abandoned on the same spot for more than 28 days. Otherwise the bicycle will be removed. You can also do something to keep your neighbourhood clean; for example, by reporting an abandoned bicycle to the municipality.

Abandoned bicycles to be removed per neighbourhood

Municipal surveillants 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 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 (see 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 will be stored a maximum of 2 weeks at the bicycle depot.
  • 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 surveillants will also check the bicycles reported as abandoned every 5 weeks in all the neighbourhoods.

When will your neighbourhood be checked? (PDF, 77 kB)

How to recognise 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 surveillants will check reports of abandoned bicycles by residents in all the city districts. All of the city districts will be checked 1 time every 5 weeks. See the planning below.

Week number Location of reports
2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27, 32, 37, 42, 47 Laak and Leidschenveen-Ypenburg
3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28, 33, 38, 43, 48 Scheveningen and Haagse Hout
4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29, 34, 39, 44, 49 Segbroek and Loosduinen
5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 Centrum
5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 Escamp

      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? Drop it off at a garbage and recycling station. Or make an appointment to have it collected as bulky waste.

        Parking your bike

        More information

        Published: 2 October 2018Modified: 28 July 2020