Bicycle InformationBike theft is an issue in Portland and Reed is not immune. Stealing bikes and bike parts can be a lucrative business. College campuses are full of expensive bikes. It's wonderful that students feel safe on campus, but it's a problem when their sense of security means they do not take the necessary precautions to secure their bikes. The combination of expensive bikes and a false sense of security makes a college campus enticing to bike thieves. With a few precautions and some common sense, you can drastically decrease the chances of your bike being stolen.
Indoor Bicycle Storage
Locking your bike in indoor storage is the most secure option. Indoor bike storage is available for every residence hall. Please talk with you Hall Advisor for the nearest secure bike storage location.
You must register your bike with Community Safety if you wish to store your bicycle in indoor storage. Unregistered bikes will be seized by Community Safety, held for 60 days, and donated.
No matter how long you plan on leaving your bike to a rack, whether it's for two minutes or two hours; always lock your bike.
When purchasing a lock for your bike, remember you get what you pay for. A high quality U-lock tend to be the most secure, but are not impenetrable. The most common tools used by thieves are bolt cutters, which can easily cut through chains, cables, or padlocks.
If at all possible, lock your bike in an enclosed and secured bike storage area on campus. If you leave your bike outside on a rack, lock it in a highly visible and well-traveled area. If you have accessories on your bike remove them. Always use designated bike racks rather than light poles, railings, benches, or other unsecured places.
Never lock your bicycle to a stairwell inside a residence hall; it's a safety hazard and out of compliance with fire codes. In the event of an emergency, your bike could be come a dangerous obstacle for people trying to exit the building.
Community Safety is responsible for clearing abandoned bikes from campus. A bike may be considered abandoned if it has sat for an extended period of time, is missing parts, or is registered to a student no longer registered with the college. Bikes believed to be abandoned will be tagged, with a red tag. If the owner of the bike does not follow instructions on the tag and contact us within 7 days the bike will be seized. Community Safety will then hold the bike for 60 days. After that time if an owner has not come forward the bike will be donated to charity.Bicycle Safety Tips
- Obey all traffic laws
- Use bicycle paths when available
- Use hand signals when appropriate
- Watch out for pedestrians and motorists
- Always ride in the same direction as the traffic
- Use caution when passing parked cars as doors can be opened without warning
- Use front and rear lights after dark
- Always wear a helmet