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August 15, 2006
City offers bike security tips
The City of Toronto, in its commitment to provide secure bike parking, is investigating several reported instances of bike theft due to breakage of City-installed post-and-ring stands. Councillor Adam Giambrone, Vice Chair of the City’s Works Committee said, “While there is no perfect system or lock, the City has a 20-year history of successfully installing the popular post-and-ring stands and rarely receives complaints about the 16,000 in place. Typically, the standard method used by bike thieves is to cut or break a bicycle lock. We are taking the situation involving the post-and-ring stands seriously and are currently conducting an investigation.”

The City is responsible for providing cyclists with a secure object to lock to and it is the cyclists’ responsibility to use the most secure locks available. The City encourages cyclists to use two locks, both a cable or chain lock, along with a U-lock and to lock the wheel and frame together to a solid object. This acts as a further deterrent because thieves cannot ride the bike away should they separate it from the solid object. More bike security tips are available in the attached fact sheet.

Dan Egan, Manager Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure, explained, “City staff are testing the security of the post-and-ring stands and so far have determined there is potential to damage the post-and-ring stands under certain conditions. We want to conduct more tests to further determine the best solution, whether that might be a modification to the current style or a new design. We will continue to provide updates as we gather more information.”

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Cyclists may contact Transportation Services at 416-392-9253 or at if they believe a bike theft resulted from a broken post-and-ring stand.

See the City's bike security tips below.

Media contact:

Daniel Egan
Manager Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure
(cell) 416-570-8591

Bike security tips

The City of Toronto offers the following tips to help prevent bicycle theft:

Register your bicycle with the police online at or by calling
416-808-2222. This will increase the chances of having your bicycle returned to you. You will need to know the serial number (it will be somewhere on the frame) and the make of your bicycle.

Lock at least one wheel (preferably two) and the frame to the rack or object. This also prevents your bicycle from falling over. If you only lock the wheel, your bicycle can be quickly detached and carried away.

Use two different locks – one for each wheel – so that a thief would need two different types of tools. A cable or chain lock along with U-lock provides good diversity and deters would-be bike thieves.

Invest in the best quality locks you can afford, ideally a lock made from hardened steel (U-lock or chain and padlock style). Your bike is an investment and a good quality lock is one of the best ways you can protect it.

If you do not need a quick release seat and wheels, replace them with standard bolts. If you do want quick release items, take them with you or lock them to your frame.

Position a U-lock so that the keyhole faces down towards the ground. A keyhole that is located in the middle of the straight bar (instead of at the end) offers greater security.

Look for a busy, well-lit place with sturdy, immovable objects that are securely bolted down.

Avoid locking your bike to materials that can be cut, like wire fencing, trees, and wooden railings.

Should your bike be stolen:
Always report a stolen bicycle or part, even if your bicycle was not registered. If there are numerous thefts in an area the police can take action.

Media contact:

Sean Wheldrake
City Cycling Unit



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