Bicycle Safety / Theft Prevention
Tips for Bicycle Safety
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) provides extensive information regarding bicycle safety and regulations. ODOT Bicycle Safety
Preventing Bicycle Theft
Like most college towns, Eugene has a significant bike theft problem. Bikes are valuable, portable and easy to resell, making them attractive to thieves. 603 bicycles were stolen in the City of Eugene in 2019. By taking some precautions, you can lower the odds that you’ll be the victim of a stolen bike.
REGISTER YOUR BIKE – Registering your bike records detailed information about your bicycle in case your bicycle is later stolen. This information will be essential in recovering your bicycle and returning it to you. City of Eugene residents may register their bicycle with the Eugene Police Department: EPD Bicycle Registration Application. After your application is processed, a registration decal will be mailed to you. You must be over 13 years old to register your bike with your own personal information. Parents, please register bikes for your children 13 and under using your personal information.
University of Oregon students should register their bicycle with the UO Department of Parking & Transportation. Registration with them is required for all bikes on campus.
Only one registration is necessary for residents, UO students and all others.
LOCK YOUR BIKE - Lock your bike at all times, no matter how short of time you will be leaving it. Make sure the lock is attached to the frame of the bicycle and secured to a fixed, immovable object. Invest in a solid hardened steel U-bolt style lock. You should expect to pay $40 or more for a quality lock. Cheap ones can be easily defeated. Some U-locks come with insurance that will pay you if the lock is overcome and the bike is stolen. You can use additional locks to secure wheels and other parts. Cable locks can be good secondary locks but should not be used as your primary lock. Secure your bicycle in the garage the same way you would on the street. There is no locking method that is 100% foolproof. With time and tools, a thief can defeat your lock. Bikes left at racks overnight are particularly vulnerable. Bring your bicycle indoors or lock it in your garage whenever possible. Check out these bike locking graphics from our friends at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: sfbike.org.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR BIKE IS STOLEN - If your bike is stolen, file a police report as soon as possible. This type of report can be filed (for crimes occurring in the incorporated area of Eugene) online at Report a Crime or our non-emergency line 541-682-5111. In addition, register your stolen bike with Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) https://eugenegears.org/bike-registration/. GEARs uses Bike Index to send out alerts of stolen bikes and provides a publicly searchable database to help people identify and avoid buying a stolen bike. Post the bike as stolen in the bike section of Craigslist. If you receive a tip or info, contact police, 541-682-5111 for the incorporated area of Eugene. Please do not attempt to recover the bike on your own.
GET INVOLVED - Get involved in the bicycle community. Many resources can be found here: City of Eugene Transportation