Bicycle Security & Safety

Prevent bike theft

Prevent bike theft poster Download Lock it or lose it brochure for tips on securing your bicycle (PDF file)

  • Approximately 5 bicycles are reported stolen every month at San Jose State University.
  • Mountain Bikes are the most commonly reported bikes stolen.
  • About half of these bikes reported stolen were locked with either cable locks or chain locks.
  • Bikes locked with U-Locks are less likely to be stolen.
  • Bike thieves use bolt cutters capable of cutting cable locks and chain locks in a matter of seconds.


General bicycle safety resources

The Ultimate Bicycle Safety Guide
Should You Wear a Helmet?
Bike Safety (by
How to not get hit by cars (by
Bicycling Street Smart
How You Can Ride Better (League of American Bicyclists)
Safe Cycling in San Francisco (by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
Urban Cycling Safety (by US Insurance Agents)
Bicycle Technical Guidelines (by VTA)

Additional security information

(by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
Secure bicycle locking
Securing bicycle parts


State laws related to bicycles

California Bicycle Laws
Department of Motor Vehicles

Bicycle maintenance & repair

Bike Express  

Community Bicycle Workshop  (San Jose Bike Clinic by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition)