For the past two weeks, Officer Paul Grabe, Boise Police Department patrolmen for Boise State campus, has focused on bicycle safety.
This includes stopping cyclists without the proper lighting on their bikes and encouraging those who own cable locks to switch to U-locks.
“I have been concentrating on bicycle safety, (like) stopping cyclists without the proper lights,” Grabe said.
Idaho law states all bicycles must have a light on the front and a reflector on the back of the bike when riding at night. The light must be visible from 500 feet in front of the bicycle.
Lights and reflectors can be purchased from the Cycle Learning Center located on the first floor of Lincoln Parking Garage.
Officer Grabe also mentioned seeing multiple students with cable locks instead of U-locks. While it is important for all bikes to be locked up, not all locks are created equally.
Officer Grabe encourages all students to watch the “Boise Bicycle Thief” video on YouTube. This video shows a thief cutting a cable lock and stealing the bike in under a minute (luckily the thief was apprehended and the bike recovered).
Brian Ohlen, coordinator for the Cycle Learning Center, heavily encourages students to purchase U-locks.
“U-locks are the most secure way to lock your bike,” Ohlen said. “They are not fool proof but they offer the most protection.”
The Cycle Learning Center offers them as cheap as 25 dollars to 50 dollars depending on the thickness of the steel.
According to Ohlen, the safest place to store bikes on campus is the Bike Barn run by Parking and Transportation.
“There is one (bike barn) in each garage and those are locked access covered parking, Ohlen said. “They keep your bike out of the elements and away from prying eyes.”
Ohlen suggests students who choose not to lock their bike in the Bike Barn, lock it in a well-lit, highly trafficked area.
For more information visit the Cycle Learning Center located on the first floor of the Lincoln Garage.