Bike Safety and Protection

KEEPING YOUR BIKE SAFE CAN BE AS EASY AS 1-2-3

There are numerous bike racks strategically located around campus that are available to the campus community for safer bike storage during all hours of the day.  These bike racks are typically in more visible and lighted public locations to discourage a potential bike thief.

Thieves look for the quick and easy steal rather than the difficult steal.  One of the most effective methods of prevention is to make it as difficult as possible for someone to consider stealing a bike.

KEEPING YOUR BIKE SAFE

  1. Always lock your bike to a fixed bike rack, never use railings or stairwells. Remember to lock the frame and both wheels to more fully protect your bike.
  2. Always use a high quality U-Lock or other case hardened bike locking system, invest some time in the selection of the bike lock.
  3. Register your bicycle. The City of St. Petersburg requires that all bicycles be registered and they have provided the following link to assist bike owners, http://police.stpete.org/solve-crime/bicycle-registration.html.

securing a bicycle

REPORTING SUSPICIOUS PERSONS

If you observe suspicious persons loitering around the campus bike racks immediately contact the University Police at 727-873-4444.  A potential thief will take time to select a bike that is unlocked or is secured with a locking system that will be easy to defeat, which can take several minutes.

If you see someone escorting a second bike with no rider or carrying bicycle parts in the campus area you should immediately contact the University Police at 727-873-4444.

GENERAL BIKING SAFETY

  1. Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
  2. Adjust your bicycle to fit you.
  3. Check your bike tires and brakes.
  4. See and Be Seen!
  5. Control your bicycle and be alert to your surroundings.
  6. Watch for road hazards and changing conditions.
  7. Avoid riding at night or wear proper reflective safety equipment.