How to Properly Lock Your Bike

1. Find something sturdy to lock the bike to. Make sure thieves can’t simply lift the bike over it.
2. Watch out for scaffolding and “sucker poles”—shake them first to ensure they’re solidly in the ground.
3. Wheel theft is on the rise. If you can’t lock one of yours, take it with you. But don’t park the bike that way long—thieves will start to strip it.
4. Don’t use a U-lock around your bike’s top tube. A thief could use the frame as a lever to pop it open. Use the lock to secure a wheel to your down tube.
5. Locks are about buying time. A burly chain at least 12mm thick will delay thieves the longest.
6. Remove the front wheel, then lock both wheels together with the frame

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What Should You Do If Your Bike Is Stolen?

If your bicycle has been stolen, do the following:

  • File a police report. If your bicycle has been stolen, the best chance of recovering it is by reporting the theft to the police.
    • If there are suspects or investigative follow-up is required (e.g., if the area where you locked your bike is covered by video surveillance or if there are witnesses), report your stolen bike by calling the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line(403-266-1234) or visit a district office.
    • For more information check out Bike Calgary’s tips!

Bike Parking at C-Train Stations

Calgary Transit rents out bike lockers at selected C-Train stations. Racks are available at most C-Train stations

Bike Parking Facilities Downtown

The Calgary Parking Authority has secure bike parking facilities at several downtown parkades. Cost is 10$ per month plus key deposit.

Bike Parking for Special Events

Alberta Bike Swap offers their custom event racks for community events.

The Bike Share Bike's locked up at the rack in front of Science B.
The Bike Share Bike’s locked up at the rack in front of Science B.