Nothing is theft-proof and no locking system is perfect, but you can take steps to ensure that your bike is a less-attractive target to a thief:
- Check to see if your office has secure bicycle parking.
- Consider where and how long your bike must be parked when deciding how to secure it. If possible, keep your bicycle in your office or in a secured room at your workplace.
- If your bike must be parked outside, lock your frame and both wheels to an immovable object. Don’t lock your bike to a sign or other object that can be easily unbolted, bent, cut or removed. Pick a well-traveled, lighted place; thieves don’t like working in exposed areas.
- Consider leaving your heavy U-lock at work, locked to the bike parking rack. Carry a light cable lock with you for quick errands, and use both locks at work.
- When not in use, cable locks can be wrapped around the seat post and U-locks can often be carried on a rear rack or bracket.
- Take all easily removed accessories with you when leaving your bicycle unattended
Capital Bikeshare has 2,500+ bicycles at over 300 stations across Washington S.C., Alexandria, Arlington, and Montgomery County. Bikes can be returned to any station near your destination. Bike sharing can be used for trips to work in transit, to run errands, go shopping, or visit friends and family. Join for 24 hours, 3 days, 30 days, or a year. The first 30 minutes of each trip are included as part of the usage fee. Each additional 30 incurs an additional fee. Access the bicycles 24/7, 365 days a year. For more information visit www.capitalbikeshare.com
With the National Bike Registry (NBR) service, for a $1 per year, you can register your bicycle by serial number in the national database and apply the special label you receive to your bike. If your bike is ever stolen, it can be identified and you can prove ownership. Law Enforcement anywhere can access the database, advise NBR that your bike has been recovered, and you can be notified immediately. NBR is an official licensee of the National Crime Prevention Council.