Bike parking security is one of the biggest challenges cycle-transit users face today. Transit companies are adapting their bike parking to make connecting cycling to transit more secure. But you still have to help out – with a good lock, and more.
Safety In Numbers – The increase in everyday cyclists over the past decade can be seen in more and more bikes parked at transit stations across the GTHA. With new, fuller, resituated bike parking shelters, it’s becoming more reassuring of late to park your bike at transit hubs while at work.
U-Lock: & Cable – In most cases, the longer the U-lock, the easier it is to lock your bike. For added security, add a steel cable to your bike lock, threaded through your U-lock, back wheel and frame.
U-Lock: Front Wheel & Frame – A better way to lock your bike securely is to insist on the types of bike racks designed to make it quick and easy to lock the front wheel and frame together. If you have a bike with a basket, secure it at the end of the bike rack.
Remove Front Wheel – Bringing your front wheel with you, and locking up the back wheel and the frame, makes it easiest to leave your bike behind.
Leave Your Lock – A good idea – except when you want to stop and shop on the way home – is to buy a very good lock, and leave it locked over night back at the transit shelter.
Bike Boxes – Riding a ‘high-end’ bike to transit? Take advantage of any bike box parking opportunities around. If secure bike boxes are not available in your area, write to your city councillor and ask for their help getting some installed.