The bikes will be moved to the Ossenmarkt where they can be claimed
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Bikes in the city centre of Groningen that are parked outside of designated spots will be removed after 15 minutes, reports the GIC. Previously the Gemeente Groningen’s wardens had allowed bikes to remain wrongly parked for up to an hour.
Bikes that sit for four weeks without moving will be tagged with a Gemeente sticker, and then removed after a further seven days. Previously the sticker would remain in place for two weeks before the bike was removed. The news comes following the Gemeente’s decision to go on a bike-clearing spree to help maintain social distancing in Groningen’s shopping streets.
Philip Broeksma, the Wethouder for transport and roads (GroenLinks) says: “lots of people cycle to the city centre, and it’s both a clean and healthy way to travel as well as removing cars from our city’s streets. However, badly parked bikes cause a risk for pedestrians and mean that people can’t uphold a 1.5-metre social distance, so we are going to enforce bike parking restrictions stronger from now on.”
All removed bikes will be available to claim on the Ossenmarkt, just north of the canal ring.