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Bicycle Safety

  • Keep bicycles locked any time they are unattended with a good "U" type lock . Second choice would be a good case-hardened padlock and cable. Be sure the "U" lock or cable will go through the front wheel, rear wheel, and the frame, and secure it to a fixed object.
  • Lock your bicycles in racks provided by Marshall University
  • Remember to also lock parts attached with quick release mechanisms
  • Check the lock by pulling on it to make sure it is secure.
  • Use an engraver to place an identifying mark on unpainted major bicycle components, or bring it to the Office of Public Safety and we can engrave and register your bike here.
  • During the day at home, keep the bicycle out of sight, or at least at the rear of the house.
  • At night and when not at home, keep the bicycle inside a locked structure.
  • Be sure to retain all evidence of purchase including the serial number, and keep this information in a safe place.
  • Be able to identify the bicycle...not only by its color, but by its features.
  • Have one or more close up color photographs of the bicycle and its owner.
  • Register the bicycle at the Marshall University Police Department.
  • Never loan a bike to strangers.
  • Try to avoid parking a bicycle in a high crime, deserted, or poorly lit area.
Bike pic 1
1. Poorly Locked

This bike's owner has a good lock, but is using it incorrectly. The lock is fastened to the cable loop on the rack and not the rack itself. The cable is the most easily defeated part of any bike security system. The u-lock should be through the frame of the bicycle and secured to the rack, with the cables looped through the wheels and then onto the u-lock.

Bike two
2. Poorly Locked

This bike has quick-release mechanisms on the wheels, so the cable should be looped through the wheels to prevent them from being stolen. If possible, this cable-type lock should be avoided.

Bike 3
3. Not Locked

This bike's owner has taken the time to loop the rack cables through the bike wheels and has secured the rack latch. The only thing missing is a lock. No matter how little value you place on your bicycle, there's someone who will steal it. Even a $5.00 lock is better than no lock at all.

Bike four
4. Securely Locked

This bicycle is locked securely. Notice that the u-lock is locked to the bike frame and the rack post. Also notice that the rack cable is looped through the front wheel and attached to the u-lock. If the rear wheel also had the cable looped through it, this bike would be very secure.

Bike five
5. Securely Locked

This bicycle is locked securely. Notice that the u-lock is locked to the bike frame and the rack post. Also notice that the rack cable is looped through the front wheel and attached to the u-lock. If the rear wheel also had the cable looped through it, this bike would be very secure.

Bike six
6. Very Securely Locked

This bicycle is locked very securely. Notice that the u-lock is locked to the bike frame and the rack post. Also notice that the rack cable is looped through both the front and back wheels and attached to the u-lock.

To schedule an appointment to have your bicycle engraved and registered, please call our office at 696-4357 (HELP).