Station 3: Security, Parking and Licenses
Suggested time: 10-12 minutes
Many bikes are lost or stolen each year because they were incorrectly locked, parked illegally, or
not registered. Police officers, bike shop personnel, or bike advocates are good role models to
demonstrate and discuss these topics. This station can be used as an additional station to take
overload or waiting groups. It can also be done indoors or without bikes for demonstration
1. Know how to safely and effectively use a lock and cable to secure a bike.
2. Understand where to park a bike safely and legally.
3. Understand importance of registering a bike.
- Display various locks used by bike riders. Demonstrating with a bike, show how to properly
lock it. The best way to lock a bike is to use a U lock and a long cable. Both wheels should
be locked, plus part of the frame, to a bike rack or post. Other variations include a padlock and
shorter cable (less than six feet). Lock the wheel which is easiest to remove by hand or with a
small wrench, plus the frame, to a bike rack or post. If a rack cannot be used or is not available,
lock the rear wheel and the frame together.
- Discuss how to properly and legally park a bicycle. Using a bike rack is the best way to park a
bike, but if that is not available, parking and locking the bike to an immoveable object is the next
option. Note that parking and locking a bike to a tree, a handrail or a post that impedes pedestrian
use is illegal.
- To introduce the importance of bike registration, explain how many bikes are stolen in your city
each year. Discuss how difficult it is to find a stolen bike. Police don't usually have time to look
for stolen bikes, but when they find them they are easier to return if registered. Bike licenses can
be issued at this station. Police departments, deputy registrars, and bike shops can
register bikes with licenses. It is important that participants know prior to the event that bicycles
will be licensed. A description of the bike with the serial number, plus money to purchase the
license, should be brought to the event.