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Marking Your Bike

Marking your bike by one of the products recommended by Secured By Design can be a deterrent for thieves and, if stolen, will also help to trace and re-unite bikes with their rightful owners. Bike marking is a simple and effective scheme that combined with bike-locking and security awareness goes a long way to tackle this type of crime.

Top Tips

  • Always lock your bike, even if you are just leaving it for a couple of minutes.
  • Use locking devices (chains, padlocks, D-locks) that are endorsed by the Secured by Design initiative.
  • Make sure it is locked to an immovable object- a bike rack or ground anchor, even if being stored in the garden shed.
  • Remove ‘quick-release’ parts – do not leave them attached to the bike.
  • Lock a wheel and the frame to the immovable object.
  • Mark your bike with one of the recommended products.

Secured By Design

Make it harder for your bike to be stolen and increase the chances of getting it back if it is. Secured by Design focuses on crime prevention of homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products. These products include bike marking and a list of companies recommended can be located here.

Cycling Safety Tips

  • Make sure you are visible to other road users.

  • Wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injury.

  • Be aware of all the other road users around you.
  • Look behind you before you turn, overtake or stop.
  • Use arm signals before you turn right or left.
  • Pay attention to all traffic lights and road signs.
  • Don’t ride on the pavement unless there's a sign saying that you can.
  • On busy or narrow roads, don’t cycle next to another person.
  • When overtaking parked cars, watch out for car doors opening suddenly and allow room to pass safely.
  • Don’t use headphones while cycling.
  • Never use a mobile phone while cycling.

And remember it is against the law to:

  • Cycle through red lights, including lights at pedestrian crossings.
  • Cycle on pavements, unless there' is a sign showing that the pavement has been converted to a cycle path.
  • Cycle the wrong way up a one-way street, unless there's a sign showing that cyclists can do so.
  • Ride across pedestrian crossings, unless it's a toucan crossing with a sign saying that cyclists can do so.