BIKE PARKING | There are many ways to park your bike around Long Beach. Bike racks are located throughout the city and some are quite unique in their design. Here you can discover the many forms that bike security can take in Long Beach.
BIKE RACKS AND CORRALS
Long Beach bicyclists can secure their bikes at one of more than 1,300 whimsical bike racks located throughout the city’s many eclectic and charming neighborhoods.
In 2010, Long Beach was introduced to its first bike corral. Corrals are metal racks shaped symbolically like a car that provide on-street parking for 14 bicycles. It fits into a standard parking space without blocking pedestrian access on sidewalks. You’ll see bike corrals in the East Village Arts District and upper Pine Avenue. They are also being placed at schools, libraries and parks.
If you would like a complimentary bike rack installed in front of a business, please request one from Long Beach Public Works. Note: The City of Long Beach only installs bike racks on public sidewalks in front of commercial properties for use by the general public.
24/7 BICYCLE PARKING @ THE TRANSIT GALLERY
BIKESTATION | 223 East 1st STREET | (562) 436-BIKE (2453) | Bikestation Long Beach offers attended indoor bicycle parking (free during regular business hours), professional repair services and a bike shop, strategically located near the First Street Transit Mall, a nexus for light rail, buses, pedestrians and a local shuttle. Bikestation also offers an advanced entry and membership system which allows cyclists paying a fee to have exclusive 24/7 access to secure, indoor bike parking.
Bike lockers provide secure parking for those who bike and use mass transit. They provide cyclists with the flexibility of leaving their bikes in lockers rather than waiting for another train to bring a bike on board. Bike parking and lockers are available in the following locations in Long Beach:
LA METRO BIKE LOCKERS | VIEW LOCKER LOCATIONS | The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LA Metro) provides bicycle lockers lockers for rent at many of the Metro Rail and Metro Orange Line stations. Instructions on renting a locker can be found here.
BIKE PARKING TIPS & ADVICE
Park your bike in a highly-visible area close to pedestrian traffic to discourage theft and vandalism. If possible, park where you can see from inside the building/establishment.
Attach your bike to something immobile. Beware of sign posts since these sometimes come out of the ground and allow others to slip the post out of your security device. Use a security device(s), such as a bike lock (sometimes referred to as a “U-lock”), chain or locking hubs. In high theft areas, it is wise to use more than one of these security devices. A cable lock is NOT recommended as a primary locking device, as they are easily cut with commonly available tools. When using a U-lock, secure the bike frame and wheels in such a manner that you leave as little room as possible which might allow thieves to use a leaver or crowbar to pry the lock apart.
Take note of whether or not your seat is secured by a quick release device. A quick release allows for easy seat height adjustment, but makes your seat an easy target for bike thieves. Replace the quick release with a standard nut and bolt or purchase a small cable and lock for your seat.
Remove items like bags, water bottles and bike pumps unless you are prepared to lose them.
If you park your bike at night, make sure your bike is illuminated by streetlights.
Registering your bike with a national registration service, like the Bike Index or National Bike Registry, is also strongly recommended. Once registered, if your bike is ever stolen you can retrieve your serial number to file a police report — and if it is recovered, it can be returned to you.
HOW TO REPORT STOLEN OR LOST BICYCLES
Be sure to report your lost or stolen bicycle with the Long Beach Police Department.* A lost or stolen bicycle report may be made by calling: (562) 570-7260.
Remember to note the color, make, model, bicycle serial number, registration number and other unique identifiers. These details not only aid in the identification and recovery of lost or stolen bicycles and return to their rightful owners, they also assist investigators with developing useful suspect information.
* If your bike was stolen from a college campus, please call the campus police and file a report.
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