Parked bicycles

The members of the Civil Enforcement Team (Team Handhaven) monitor parked bicycles and other objects in public places. These must not create hazardous situations for other road users. If this is the case, members of the Civil Enforcement Team may remove the bicycles. In certain areas, they may also remove bicycles that do not directly create hazardous situations.

Members of the Civil Enforcement Team:

  • address cyclists who park their bicycles incorrectly
  • remove bicycle wrecks, abandoned bicycles, and parked bicycles that are a hazard
  • remove bicycles that have been parked incorrectly in areas where exemptions apply
  • collect found bicycles.

When is a parked bicycle a hazard?

A parked bicycle is a hazard if it:

  • forms or can form a danger to the surrounding area
  • threatens public order or safety, such as bicycles parked in front of fire escapes or against emergency exits.

What is a bicycle wreck?

A bicycle wreck is a bicycle that is:

  • parked in a public space
  • not sufficiently maintained on a technical level for it to be usable and
  • is in a neglected state.

In addition, it may be assumed that the owner of the bicycle has surrendered ownership of it.

What is an abandoned bicycle?

An abandoned bicycle is a bicycle, usable or otherwise, that has been left in a public space or public parking facility for some time, and it can be assumed that the owner has surrendered ownership of it.

Areas where exemptions apply

In certain areas, they may also remove bicycles that do not directly create hazardous situations. Incorrectly parked bicycles will be removed during events (mainly at Vrijthof square) and at other times, as well as from 1 October 2018 in the area around the main railway station (Stationsplein, Stationsstraat, Parallelweg, and Spoorweglaan). Starting 1 October 2019, this will also apply on Helmstraat.

If your bicycle has been removed

Incorrectly parked bicycles are labelled. That label states that the bicycle will be removed if it is not moved within an hour. Removed bicycles will be taken to the municipal bicycle depot at Gerardusweg 39. For more information on the bicycle depot's opening hours and how you can get your bike back, visit Report lost or found property.

Scooters parked incorrectly

Scooters parked in the wrong place will not be removed. If the scooter is not parked in the right place, the driver will be fined.

An overview of parking areas for bicycles and scooters

Want to know where you can park your bike or scooter safely? You can find an overview of the parking areas at https://www.maastrichtbereikbaar.nl/en/bicycle.