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 2021.

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 www.fietsdepothaaglanden.nl) 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.

  • Neighbourhood Number of the week
    Belgisch Park / Stadhoudersplantsoen / Oostduinen / Rijslag / Van Stolkpark en Scheveningse Bosjes / Westbroekpark / Duttendel / Zorgvliet Week 40
    Bezuidenhout Oost Week 22 and 48
    Bezuidenhout West / Bezuidenhout Midden / Haagse Bos / Landen / Kampen / Marlot / Burgen en Horsten Week 28
    Binckhorst / Laakhaven Oost / Laakhaven West / Spoorwijk Week 29
    Bloemenbuurt West / rond de Energiecentrale / Vogelwijk Week 42
    Bomenbuurt / Duindorp Week 14 and 45
    Bomenbuurt West / Vogelwijk / Rond de Energiecentrale Week 42
    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 31
    Centrum (Zuidwal, Uilebomen, Kortenbos, Voorhout) Week 4 and 32
    Heesterbuurt Week 17 and 41
    Koningsplein en omgeving Week 11 and 39
    Laakkwartier Oost Week 6 and 33
    Laakkwartier West / Noordpolderbuurt Week 7 and 35
    Leyenburg Week 24, 25, 50 and 51
    Moerwijk Oost / Moerwijk West / Moerwijk Noord / Moerwijk Zuid / Morgenstond Zuid / Morgenstond West / Morgenstond Oost / Zuiderpark Week 5
    Nassaubuurt / Uilennest / Duinzigt / Waalsdorp / Arendsdorp / Van Hoytemastraat e.o. / Archipelbuurt / Willemspark Week 18
    Oud Scheveningen / Vissershaven / Visserijbuurt / Geuzenkwartier Week 34
    Oostbroek Noord / Oostbroek Zuid Week 12 and 37
    Rivierenbuurt Zuid / Rivierenbuurt Noord / Transvaalkwartier Noord / Transvaalkwartier Midden / Transvaalkwartier Zuid Week 13
    Rustenburg Week 8 and 36
    Scheveningen Badplaats Week 2 and 26
    Schildersbuurt Noord / Schildersbuurt Oost / Huygenspark Week 21
    Schildersbuurt West / Groente- en Fruitmarkt Week 20 and 47
    Statenkwartier Week 23 and 49
    Sweelinckplein en omgeving / Bloemenbuurt Oost Week 10 and 38
    Valkenboskwartier Week 19 and 46
    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 / Vliegeniersbuurt / De Reef / De Lanen / De Velden / De Vissen / Rietbuurt / Bosweide / Tedingerbroek / De Venen / Morgenweide / Singels / Waterbuurt Week 30
    Vruchtenbuurt / Eykenduinen Week 3 and 27
    Zeeheldenkwartier Week 15, 16, 43 and 44

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 www.allekringloopwinkels.nl. 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

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        Published: 2 October 2018Modified: 6 January 2021