Rollerblades and Rollerskates

General information

  • The wearing of rollerblades and rollerskates within the University buildings is hazardous to the wearer, the staff and general building users and is a serious liability risk to the University. It is therefore prohibited within any University building. Signs have been posted to this effect.
  • The University’s Health and Safety Policy states that all employees of the University, including Faculty, Librarians, Administrative Staff, and Employees in bargaining units covered by Collective Agreements, have responsibilities for ensuring health and safety in the workplace, for all who work and study in or visit campus.
  • We strongly recommend that staff who encounter a person wearing rollerblades or rollerskates in their building, inform the person of the prohibition and that they be offered the opportunity to either change their footwear or leave the premises.

Bicycle Removal Procedure

Illegally Locked Bicycles | Abandoned Bicycles | Bicycle Removal | Returning to Owner |

General information

  • Bicycle racks are located external to campus buildings.
  • Bicycles parked in corridors, foyers, stairways and access ramps pose a serious threat to the life and
    safety of building occupants in the event of emergency evacuation during a fire.
    Parking in these locations is in direct violation of article 2.71 of the Ontario Fire Code which regulates
    obstructions in a means of egress.
  • Bicycles found in violation of article 2.71 of the Ontario Fire Code will be double locked by means of
    a University owned security device, in which case the bicycle owner will be required to transport their
    disabled bicycle to the Campus Police office at 21 Sussex Avenue to have the security device removed.

Illegally Locked Bicycles

For the purpose of this procedure a bicycle must meet one of the following conditions in order for it to be deemed an
illegally locked bicycle:

  • Locked in an area or such a way that obstructs vehicle or pedestrian traffic
  • Locked in an area or such a way that obstructs an accessibility ramp or entrance/exit
  • Locked in an area or such a way that obstructs a building entrance/exit
  • Locked to University of Toronto signage
  • Locked to a tree on University of Toronto property
  • Locked to another bicycle and the owner of that bicycle is present and unable to unlock or remove his bicycle

Any bicycle that has been determined to be illegally locked can be removed by grounds only after:

1. University of Toronto Campus Community Police has been notified
2. Police database checked to ensure bicycle has not been reported stolen or missing
3. A description of the bike including the serial number, the location the bicycle was parked, the reason for the
removal and the date/time has been recorded in the bike removal database on the incident sheet
4. A bicycle removal tag is affixed as close to the original location the bicycle was secured which will alert the owner to
contact University Police

Abandoned Bicycles

For the purpose of this procedure a bicycle must meet one of the following conditions in order for it to be deemed an abandoned bicycle:

  • It appears to be in an obviously state of disrepair, e.g. Extremely rusted, no handle bars, bent frame
  • It has been determined that the bicycle has been locked in the same location for more than 30 consecutive days

The following procedure must be followed to class a bike as abandoned due to the length of time it has been locked in
the same location:
1. A member of the University of Toronto Grounds Department will affix a bicycle removal tag to the bicycle. The tag will consist of the following:

  • The date the tag was affixed to the bicycle
  • The telephone number of the University of Toronto Campus Community Police
  • An explanation as to why the tag was affixed
  • The resulting action if the bicycle is not removed within 30 days

2. University of Toronto Police has been notified of the bicycle’s location, the tag number and the bicycle’s description
including the serial number
3. All the information has been entered in the bicycle removal database creating a incident sheet for the bicycle
4. A police inquiry has been conducted by the University Police and the results noted in the bicycle removal database
on the incident sheet

If after 30 consecutive days the bicycle is in the same location the Grounds department will contact University Police and provide the tag number for confirmation on the Bicycle Removal database. If the information on the database confirms the bicycle has been in the same location for 30 consecutive days the bicycle may be deemed abandoned and removed by the Grounds department.

Bicycle Removal

Once it has been determined that a bicycle is to be removed for either of the two reasons within this procedure, the University of Toronto Grounds Department will responsible for the removal and the storage of the bicycle. The following procedure will be followed:
1. Grounds will notify the University Police of the pending removal providing the location, bicycle description, and tag
number
2. University Police will note the information on the bike removal database on the original incident sheet if applicable
3. Grounds will cut the lock and secure and maintain it with the bicycle for a future pending means of identification
4. Ground will store the bicycle in an approved secure location for a period not less than 60 consecutive days
5. After 60 consecutive days Grounds will notify University Police that the bicycle will be disposed
6. University Police will update the incident sheet for that bike accordingly filling out the appropriate property fields

Returning to Owner

If an individual contacts the Grounds Department stating they want to retrieve their bicycle they will be directed to contact the University Police. Once an individual has contacted University Police the individual must provide at least one of the following to prove ownership in order to have the bicycle in question released to them:

  • A sales receipt for the bicycle
  • A description of the bicycle
  • The location the bicycle was last locked
  • A key that operates the lock that was used to originally secure the bicycle

If University Police is satisfied that the individual is the true owner of the bicycle, University Police will contact the Grounds department and notify them of the owner’s name, bicycle tag number, description and serial number. If the method of identification is going to consist of the individual using a key to unlock the bicycle lock (that was secured and maintained with the bicycle) then Grounds will be instructed to release the bicycle only if the attempt is successful. If the attempt is not successful they will instruct the individual to return to the University Police office. If the attempt is successful Grounds will notify University Police who will then close the incident sheet on the bicycle removal database filling out the appropriate property return fields.

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