Unlike cars, bikes don’t have doors to lock. The importance of securing your bicycle when not riding it is impossible to overstate if you want it to be there when you return. Not sure how to lock up a bike? Check out these infographics from the SF Bike Coalition.
If you lock your bike to a rack, be sure to lock through the front wheel and frame.
Bike Locker Rentals
CITY OF SANTA CRUZ – The City has over 100 bicycle lockers to rent to the public in Downtown Santa Cruz and at Pacific Station, Santa Cruz Metro’s main bus terminal on Pacific Avenue, . These bicycle lockers provide enclosed, secure storage and can be rented for just 5¢ per hour with the use of a smart card. Only a bicycle and its accessories may be stored in the locker. Purchase a ParkCard from select City of Santa Cruz offices or online at www.bikelink.org.
Protect Your Bike From Theft
There are two distinct ways to protecting your bike: Documentation, and proper locking technique, and both are essential to proper bicycle security.
It is absolutely essential that you document your bike. Far too many bike owners fail to record the serial numbers on their bikes, or to document any other proof of ownership. If your bike is stolen, you don’t want to be one of those owners. Instead, you want to be the owner who can provide a serial number and other proof of ownership to law enforcement. Begin by establishing a file for each bike you own. Record your serial number and place it in the file. Other documentation in the file should include a receipt for the bike; even if you are buying a used bike, ask for a receipt. If you don’t have a receipt for a bike you already own, repair receipts may serve as evidence of ownership. Keep all receipts for the bike in the file. Take photographs of the bike, including any distinguishing characteristics, and store those in the file as well. If you change the appearance of the bike, document it with additional photographs. Make a digital copy of your file on your hard drive, and keep the bike’s paper file with your other important documents.
Once you have created a file for your bike, you will want to register your bike, preferably with a nationwide registration service. Each jurisdiction in Santa Cruz County has a separate system for registering and licensing bicycles with the police department. Look up the specific bike licensing requirements for the community where you live. Another option is to register your bike with the national Bike Index service.
If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, you should also make sure that your bike is included on your policy; be sure to specify that the bike is covered for its full replacement value.