7 Ways Cities Can Make Your Bike More Secure

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Designer Adam Thorpe, Councillor Paul Braithwaite and Rose Ades demonstrate the caMden bike rack

We have shown all kinds of bike stands on TreeHugger, but sometimes the simplest is the best. The Design against Crime Research Centre in London "aims to catalyse a design revolution in secure cycling provision for the 21st century. The research seeks to use creative solutions to overcome the adverse effects of bicycle theft on the achievement of sustainable transport objectives within European cities and to assist in the promotion of cycling and the benefits it offers society in terms of impact on health and improvements in the quality of the urban environment."

Or simply put, design a better, theft-proof bike rack. The simple M design lets a cyclist lock both wheels and the frame to the stand, and discourages cyclists from just locking the top tube to the stand, which they consider insecure. The city of Camden just rolled out two of the designs.Adam Thorpe said:

"We spent a year observing how thousands of cyclists parked their bikes and investigating the most secure way of parking to resist common bike theft techniques. "Both sorts of stands are designed to make it easier to lock your bike more securely by locking both wheels and the frame to the stand and more difficult to lock you bike insecurely." ::Camden Cycling Campaign and ::BBC News
Other Bike Locking Systems


The Toronto Bike Ring

Toronto's iconic post and ring has been copied all over the world since it was designed by Toronto architecture grad David Dennis in 1984. David tells us that he was originally designing a ring to be mounted on parking meters, and was interested in making the ring out of cast metal rather than just a pipe, so that he could integrate lettering into the design and make it appear more "official." Recently thieves have taken to busting the ring with a 2x4 but David says the City is testing his new, improved design right now. Jack Layton, current leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, has taken credit drawing the ring on a napkin in a bar, and as the story evolved, included David and the late Dan Leckie at the table.
UPDATE: David sent us pictures of the new improved bike ring.


casting the ring


ring installed


closeup of new ring

Bike Tree Locked Bicycle Storage


Rather than hitching your bike to a post at street level, swipe a smart card, enter your PIN, and your cycle is taken up the "trunk" of the tree to a dome that protects it from thieves and the elements. The tree's footprint is minimal, which helps keep space open for pedestrians (and the dome shields them from rain, too). The system—first installed in Geneva—can also be configured as a bike rental kiosk.

"Bike Tree" Keeps Bikes Off Ground, Away From Sticky Fingers


Another version of the bike tree: Abhinav Dapke of Bahrain and India designs a "parking stand design for congested bicycle parking."

How They Store Bikes In Tokyo

In North America the best one gets is a few posts and rings or the occasional bike locker in a few big cities; In Tokyo they get this amazing multi-storey computerized structure.

In-Lock: Bike Parking When There is None


Don't have a place to lock your bike? Warren is not sure how well this would work in the real world, but it appears to be a miniature helical pile that you screw into the ground and then fasten the bike to it. Warren concludes that "There are numerous ways the lock could be thwarted by determined thieves, but against the casual, light-fingered person it would have some useful deterrent value."

Cyclepods — Sleek New Design For Bike Storage Using Recycled Aluminium


The Cyclepod provides eight secure spaces for parking your bike, the bikes are stored upright and the front wheel and frame can both be locked in place. There is also the option of having a canopy over the pod to protect the bikes from the weather. The very good news is that the Cyclepod is made from 95% recycled aluminium. It has a 10-15 year estimated life span and uses half the space of current storage units for the equivalent number of bikes.