Bike Safety at SAC
As a new semester approaches, campus police would like to
provide students, faculty and staff with important bike safety information.
Those who haven’t already done so are encouraged to register their bike with
campus police by filing out the form here.
Here are some tips to avoid bicycle theft:
1. Always lock your bike! It takes only seconds to pedal
away on an unlocked bike.
2. Use two different locks, with separate locking
mechanisms. Thieves carry tools that will either snip cables, or pry-apart
U-locks “but rarely both. A cable-lock and a U-lock together are very secure.
3. Each lock should have its own built-in locking device (a
key-lock or combination lock, but not a padlock). Don’t use a cable that’s
secured by a U-lock “once the thief gets through the U-lock, he’s got your
4. Pull your cable lock through both wheels, and lock it
around a bike rack or other closed loop stand. Open-top posts (like parking
meters or traffic signs) let thieves lift bikes over them. If you use a cable
lock and a U-lock, you don’t need to remove your front wheel to secure it.
5. Remember to wrap your U-lock around a secure post or
fixed object. Then pass it around your rear wheel rim inside the bike’s rear
triangle. It’s not necessary for the lock to secure the frame “if the U-lock
locks the rim inside of the frame triangle behind your seat-tube, the bike
cannot be stolen by removing the rear wheel. If you can get the frame as well
that is a bonus.
6. A small U-lock is better than a large one. Small locks
are much harder to pry open with a crowbar than a wide U-lock.
You can also help insure bike safety by:
•Taking removable gear on your bike with you, including
pumps, lights, and other accessories.
•Parking your bike where you see other bikes parked. Seek
lighted areas with foot traffic.
•Writing your name and telephone number on a piece of Tyvek
(a sturdy cloth-like plastic available at hardware stores), and identifying
yourself as the bike’s owner. Put this inside your rear tire between the rim
and the inner tube. A bike shop will see this if they are asked to repair a
flat tire! You can also write your name and info on a piece of paper and hide
it under the seat post tube. It is also a good idea to find a hidden place on
your bike and scratch an initial or some kind of identifying mark that you use
to identify your bike if it gets stolen.