Bicycles are not cheap. That’s why you need to take measures in protecting it from thieves.
Follow these steps and share them with fellow riders.
Record the serial number, make, model and color of your bike. This information is usually located somewhere on the frame. Put the information in your cell phone or somewhere easily accessible in case it it is stolen.
Register your bike with the LA County Sheriff’s BEAR Program. The Bicycle Education and Registration program is a county program aims to educate citizens on bicycle knowledge, safety, laws and security. They also will register your bicycle with their county bicycle database.
Learn how to lock your bike and keep it locked when not in use.
Use a high quality U-lock.
Never leave your bike unattended. It only takes thieves a few seconds to steal it!
If your bike is stolen report it immediately with your local police department.
It took a long time but the Los Angeles City Council has passed an ordinance that will dramatically increase the number of parking spaces for bikes in new developments.
The Bike Parking Ordinance will allow new developments—both residential and commercial—to swap some parking spots for bikes in lieu of parking spots for cars. There are also rules standardizing bike parking space to ensure that they’re safe, secure and accessible.
One car spot can be replaced by four bikes for up to 30 percent of the required number of spaces for commercial developments that are near transit lines. At other commercial buildings not near transit lines, the number is 20 percent. For buildings with less than 20 required car parking spaces, up to 4 parking spaces may be swapped for bike parking. Residential buildings can replace up to 10 percent of car spaces with bike parking.
All new developments with few exceptions will need to have at least 2 parking spaces for bikes, and that can include the city’s bike corrals. The ordinance also has rules about what can and cannot be considered a parking spot. Spaces should be well-lit and easily accessible from the street. Short-term parking should be outside the building and easy to spot before you even walk in. There should be signs directing people to long-term parking, if it’s not immediately obvious where it is.