Bicycle Parking


Sign.jpg There are many ways to park your bicycle around Davis. Some racks have cables already attached that you can use to secure/lock your bike.

stolen_bike.jpgHere's what happens if you don't lock your bike up properly.

Make sure that you attach the lock to something secure, and in a way that doesn't allow the wheel to be removed from the frame — Sheldon Brown recommends attaching a small u-lock inside the rear triangle, locking to the rear wheel and to your chosen fixture. (There's no need to attach it to the frame, since the rear wheel cannot be pulled out through the rear triangle if locked this way.)

If you leave your bike on campus long enough without moving it, you may come back to find that it has become part of a bike sculpture. And if you leave it even longer than that, you might find that you'll have to buy it back at one of the bike auctions.

Some events provide valet bike parking so you can have someone else park your bike for you.


You have to be careful when parking your bike on campus. If you park it in a spot where there are no designated bike parking areas then it's possible you'll get a ticket (or get it impounded by TAPS).
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Wheel Care Note

Some bike parking racks are designed to secure one wheel without providing any support for the rest of the frame. That type of apparatus puts your wheel at risk of being bent if your bike is subjected to sideways forces. People who value having straight wheels generally avoid them.

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These are found next to the Memorial Union and The Silo.

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Other uses for Bike Racks

walker_parking.jpgSometimes bike racks are used for other things


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2005-02-26 16:51:36   Has anyone actually used a bikelid? —JaimeRaba

2005-02-26 23:51:14   this page freakin rules —ArlenAbraham

2005-06-12 23:21:31   Hmmm. I wonder how hard it would be to "relocate" a bikelid to somewhere else on campus.... —EricKlein

2005-06-13 00:08:29   Mucho pictures —MichaelGiardina

2006-02-13 00:43:32   Just so you'll all be paranoid now, black widow spiders like to live under the cement bike parking spots. —MatthewTom

2007-02-24 01:02:17   what are the rules on abandoned bikes? —JamesHaile

2008-06-21 13:39:29   Hey guys! I work with BikeLid Systems and noticed some commentary on here regarding lack of use at UC Davis. What could we do to encourage use there? We would appreciate positive and negative comments. Thanks! —Bikelid

* I agree 100% that we need more bikelids in more logical locations, I think that bikelid or UC Davis should do more to maintain the lids so people are more encouraged to use them. Oh, btw, my U - lock worked on the bikelids back when I was using them, I wonder why it didn't work for WilliamLewis. —KevinP

2008-08-10 13:58:35   Most of the devices that you can lock your bike to are not designed in such a way that it is easy to use a U-lock to lock your front wheel, bike frame, and the device itself together. Some devices are completely useless with a U-lock. Others are certainly useful, but getting your U-lock around both the device and the bike often results in the bike being banged against the device, chipping the paint off the bike frame or fork as a result.

A good locking device should be:
1) Easy and fast to use
2) Provide an easy point to lock a U-lock to, taking into account that bikes and U-locks are different sizes
3) Shaped in such a way that the bike does not have to rub against the device when locked to it
4) Have parking slots that are spaced so that bikes do not rest upon each other, and so that access to your own U-lock is not difficult —IDoNotExist

2008-08-25 13:35:36   The BikeLid parking spots are often full, so I can't say I've ever used them. Even so, the idea of keeping my bike safe from being battered by the elements make them appealing. However, it begs the question as to why UCD only allows a few of these bulky, inefficient, and often unavailable spots as the only sheltered bike parking on campus. Why not keep the existing bike racks and just build a simple structure that would cover the whole row of bikes? —bingbat

2008-09-17 15:01:18   I have a U-Lock, how do i lock up my bike safely to that cement block on the ground? In some areas it seems like that is all there is to park your bike with. I really dont want my bike to get stolen... —Natasha

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