Bike Parking Primer

Posted by David Meza on July 25, 2019 in Advocacy

Tips, tricks, and laws pertaining to bike parking.

Where to park?

Bike racks have been popping up all over the city. Look for one outside of your destination, or a designated group of racks at a nearby street corner. Racks are specifically designed to support bicycles and allow for ideal locking.
However, sometimes there are no racks available nearby so it’s good to know your options. First, you’ll want to ensure that you don’t lock to any private property – Gallery poles, fences, and many handrails are privately owned. Property owners may decide to remove any item locked to their property. Street signs are often your best bet for public property to lock to. Beware of “dummy poles” which are poles which are loose in the ground and can quickly be slipped out or with bolts loosely holding the sign on, thieves frequent these posts to snatch a bike in seconds.

All bike parking laws can be found below:
Bike Laws

How to park.

As described in the ordinance above: ensure that your parking is optimally avoiding the right-of-way so that people can still comfortably pass. After you lock your bike, you should ensure that it wont easily move with a nudge by a passer-by. Usually pointing the handle bars one way or another can help rest the bike properly against the structure. Next you’ll want to make sure that you lock your bike securely. The first step is ensuring you have a proper lock. U-locks are the preferred style of lock and often most secure. Though other locks can prove just as durable, a cable lock should never be your primary lock but rather a supplemental lock for other quick-release components. Your primary lock should be used to secure the frame of your bike and the rear wheel. It’s wise to take off anything on your bike which can be taken off easily such as lights, seats, and other accessories especially for longer stops.

Bike Lock
Bike Lock 2

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