Finding a parking space
The best place to park your bike is using a designated cycle parking stand. Here are a few tips to improve the security of your bike:
Does the parking stand has people regularly passing by it?
Are CCTV cameras present in the area?
Are there people in the area who can provide any surveillance (eg people working in offices or sat in bars and restaurants)
If you do leave your bicycle in a public area, make sure you lock the frame to the parking stand, rather than any removable parts such as wheels or the seat. Consider a separate lock if you have any quick-release items. Check the item you lock your bike to is robust and securely fixed to the ground. Do not lock your bicycle to something moveable (eg a temporary sign) or open on one end (eg a bollard)
Using a lock
Lots of different types of locks are available and there are many security accessories that will help you reduce your risk. Download and read Spokes to find out where to park your bike and how to lock it.
Avon and Somerset Police Force have endorsed two bicycle security measures:
- Immobilise allows you to register your property and helps the police to identify stolen property. Register your bike here today.
- ImmobiTag, is an easy-to-fit device that's embedded in the bike frame and allows you to notify the Police and the second-hand trade in the event of theft.
- Find That Bike, is an online search facility which helps you keep an eye classified websites which may illegally be selling your bike
Lock rating with Hal Ruzal
Watch these videos of New York mechanic Hal Ruzal in Bristol grading different bike locking. You'll see just how easy it is for your bike to be stolen if it isn't properly secured.
Avon and Somerset Police hold regular tagging sessions in shopping centres and community hubs in an effort to reduce cycle theft. Visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk to find out if there's an event happening near you.
Parking at home
Where to keep a bicycle at home is a common issue. This Bike Storage PDF shows several storage solutions.
How to find cycle parking
Life Cycle UK (a local charity) are offering free cycle stands for organisations in Bristol through their Take A Stand promotion. Visit Life Cycle's website to find out how to apply for a stand.
A number of private sector firms also supply and manufacture cycle stands and parking solutions, including: