Security & Safety

Bicycle Security and 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.

Additional security information
(by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition):
Secure bicycle locking
Securing bicycle parts

General bicycle safety resources

Should You Wear a Helmet?
Safety - Safe Riding (by
Resources - Classes (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)
Ride Your Bike Safely (by

Bicycle Technical Guidelines (by VTA)

State laws related to bicycles:

California Bicycle Laws
Department of Motor Vehicles


Courses on bicycling skills

From time to time the City of San José offers free courses on adult Bicycling Skills. The course is designed for those who can ride a bike, but want to improve their skills and confidence on the road. Taught by nationally certified instructors, the course is based on the League of American Bicyclists BikeEd curriculum. The course defines your legal rights and responsibilities on the road and teaches you basic skills such as how to safely change lanes, ride at night, fix a flat and take your bike on public transit, among many other topics.

This Bicycling Skills Course is free to the public. However, limited space is available.

Information and registration

Contact :
John Brazil, San Jose Bicycle & Pedestrian Program