Bicycles that are left rusting away in public space or block transport routes are an annoyance. Since 1 January 2020, Holding Graz has been responsible for the disposal of these bicycles. In the process, we act according to a precisely defined procedure.
Bicycles that are blocking traffic will only be removed after an order has been issued by the police or the Graz Parking Space and Safety Service (GPS). In this case, the bicycle has to be removed immediately.
As a protective measure, several photos are taken of the bicycle in order to document any damage. The police or the GPS has to sign a digital document for the takeover of the bicycle. Only then will the bicycle that is blocking traffic be removed by Holding Graz. A sticker will then be stuck on the ground for the owner. On it, it states that the bicycle has been removed and where it can be collected.
The bicycle is brought to Sturzgasse 5-7 and stored in the computer system, given a ribbon and stored for 6 months. The police is then informed that the bicycle has been removed.
An affidavit and photo ID are required by the owner for the collection of a bicycle that is blocking traffic. A fee of €24 is also charged, plus the storage costs of €1.45/day.
Scrap bicycles can be reported by citizens (e.g. via the app “Schau auf Graz” (“Look at Graz”)/see below), the police, GPS and also by the city cleaning department of Holding Graz.
A scrap bicycle is given a ribbon. The bicycle owner has 6 weeks to remove the ribbon on his/her bicycle and to remove the bicycle.
If nobody sees to the bicycle within the following 6 weeks, it will be removed by Holding Graz and declared a scrap bicycle. The scrap bicycle is stored in the computer system and stored at Sturzgasse 5-7. The police is then informed that the scrap bicycle has been removed.
The owner has 3 months to release the scrap bicycle again. For this, an affidavit and photo ID are required. A fee of €24 is also charged, plus the storage costs of €1.45/day.
If nobody should collect the scrap bicycle within the deadline set, the bicycle will be given to socio-economic facilities or donated for charitable purposes. Bicycles that are left over will be scrapped.