6. Bicycle Security, including Unique List of Places to Go

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Like to keep an eye on your bike, perhaps because you’re touring with a load of gear on it? Scroll to the bottom of this page for photos and links to a unique list of places to go–a sampling of HER Helmet Thursdays spots in Monterey County where you can kick back, enjoy yourself, and still have your bike within view.

Lock it!

Take common sense precautions to keep your bicycle secure.  Here are some tips on locking your bike, and—just in case—tips on getting a stolen bike back.  (Thank you to Velo Club Monterey for bringing this resource from Jim Langley to my attention.) The Sheldon Brown method is also recommended, and here’s a modification to Sheldon’s method.

Kryptonite offers these instructions and special tips on locking up your bike.

See Bicycling Monterey’s Bike Valet Parking and Other Bicycle Parking section for more on locking up your bike.

For a few additional security notes, see “Parking your bike”  from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Bicycling magazine’s tips.

Hal Ruzal’s video, How Not to Lock a Bike Like an Idiot, is another popular resource.

High-tech solutions are appreciated by many urban bike-to-work commuters and others. Click here for examples provided by Heather Somerville, published in the Monterey County Herald.

If you’re renting a bike, a lock is usually included.

If you brought your own bike but no lock, purchase a lock at one of the many Monterey County bike shops.  U-shaped locks are often recommended; refer to Langley’s tips, linked above, for more on locks.

Among favorite bike security resources shared by City of Monterey Police Department are the following four:

Below:  The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) is another location where an electronic eye is kept on bike parking areas.

Serial number and registration/license – recovering a stolen bike

Having your bicycle registered, if your city of residence has that option, is a good idea in case of theft. Registering your bicycle is typically free or very low-cost!

Cyclelicious shared “How stolen bike recovery works in California,” and encouraged people to take advantage of bike registration if their locality offers it, as does a northern neighbor, Walnut Creek. (Just fyi,  Seaside Fire Station, 1635 Broadway Avenue, Seaside no longer registers bikes. City of Monterey Police Department does not register bikes either, and they suggest: put a business card or other contact info in your bike seat tube, and be sure to retain your bike’s serial number!)

You may want to register, for a fee, with the National Bike Registry (mentioned by Walnut Creek PD). Another option is to register it for free with Project 529.

Whether you register your bike or not, do write down your bike’s serial number so you are better prepared to retrieve it from the police if your bike is stolen and recovered.

And if your bike is stolen, when you return to the spot where you’d left it, be sure to note the address for the police report, and also look around to see if there’s a video camera recording the area. (Not only do some places–such as City of Monterey Sports Center and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey / MIIS have videos on the bike racks, as pictured on this web page–sometimes a property owner will have a video camera recording nearby that may still be helpful in identifying the thief.)

Engraving identifying info

Some cities do not have bicycle registration/licensing.  However, police departments and bike advocates encourage you to engrave your name or driver’s license number and state abbreviation in an obvious spot on your bicycle’s frame. 

Don’t want to engrave, in case you decide to sell the bike later?  Another idea is to put a small index card with your name and phone number, written in permanent ink,  inside the handlebar tube.

Don’t have an engraver?  Police departments, and even public libraries, often have one they will let you use.  Swing on by the City of Monterey Police Department to borrow their engraver, or contact PDs or libraries nearer you to inquire about availability.

If you spot a stolen bike on craigslist.org, eBay.com, a flea market, on the street, or elsewhere, it is not recommended to attempt to recover it yourself.  Contact your local police department (e.g., City of Monterey or City of Salinas) and provide them the information. California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and other local college students are encouraged to report to campus police.

In Monterey County, many bike club members and friends stay alert for stolen bikes and have sometimes been able to identify these and report to police, with the result being that the bike is returned to its rightful owner.

As reported by the Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan 4, 2013, our Santa Cruz neighbors have created a related database with the goal of helping to recover stolen bikes. http://www.santacruzbikebase.com/ And further north, San Franscisco PD has an anti-bike theft Twitter account, @SFPDBikeTheft.

Project 529, a Sea Otter Classic 2014 exhibitor, is dedicated to preventing bike theft. Check out the Project 529 website to learn more.

Gear

For some cyclists, it may take more time to remove those detachable expensive lights, cargo carriers, and so on than they’d like.  When that’s the case, a desire to stop for shopping or a meal out will include factoring in how to deal with the security of those items.

There are as many ways to deal with this as there are cyclists!   One very basic example:  I usually have a little backpack on when doing shopping and errands by bike.  (I had a bike trailer when I had young kids, and I miss it–the trailer and the kids!  Now I wish I had a cargo bike.)  My bike repair stuff (ha! not my area of expertise) normally rides in a quick-to-detach pouch strapped to my bike, rather than add it to the weight on my back.   At any stop, if I am concerned about leaving my repair kit on my bike, I can quickly toss it in my pack and take it with me.

Of course, there are times when you’d find it much easier to just keep an eye on your bike!   At the end of this section, there’s a list of some of the HER Helmet Thursday spots where it’s easy to do exactly that.

Bicycle lockers and other storage

Bicycle lockers

For a list of some prime bicycle locker locations around Monterey County, see the “Bike Valet and Other Bicycle Parking” section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County.

Overnight guests

If you’re an overnight guest in Monterey County, most lodging businesses have storage rooms designated for bikes, and some—e.g., the Monterey Hostel, a member of Hosteling International—have bike lockers for their guests.  Those lodging providers offering the HER Helmet Thursdays discounts can be particularly counted on to have carefully considered the bike storage needs of their guests.

Bicycle valet and other bicycle parking

One solution to bike security needs is to go to a place that offers bike valet parking, where valets will take responsibility for keeping your bicycle secure.

Refer to the “Bike Valet Parking and Other Bicycle Parking” section for some of these locations, along with other bike parking tips.

This valet at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa stands ready to care for Laurel Thomsen’s bike.

Bike security: 

A unique list of places to go

Don’t wanna take your eyes off your bike?

Often you’ll want to bike somewhere that doesn’t offer valet parking.  Many HER Helmet Thursdays participants have other helpful options for bike security, and we’ve listed a sampling below.

Please note that the notes here aren’t meant to imply that there may not be other options at these spots. When outdoor tables and such are mentioned, that doesn’t necessarily mean the place won’t have other secure bike parking options in inclement weather.  Feel free to call them and ask.

  • Most BLUE linked names go directly to their HER Helmet Thursdays listings.
  • Most BLACK linked names go to their own websites (until time permits swapping out those links–volunteers welcome–for links to their HER Helmet Thursdays listings). For these, to access their discount percentage, bike-there tips, etc.,  refer to their listing in the Quick Reference Guide on the HER Helmet Thursdays listings/FAQs page.
  1. Abalonetti, Monterey (wind-protected outdoor waterfront deck/patio where you can park your bike)
  2. Bakery Station, Salinas (all  seating is alongside picture windows, making it easy to keep an eye on your bike parked out front)
  3. Big Sur River Inn Restaurant, Big Sur (outdoor deck seating)Big Sur River Inn restaurant patrons29 May 2011 Big Sur 006
  4. Cafe La Strada, Monterey (bike rack by front door; bike valet parking also available at hotel)Laurel at La Strada table
  5. Cannery Row Brewing Company, Monterey(outdoor deck with fire pits faces bike path and adjacent bike racks)
  6. Carmel Belle, Carmel  (outdoor tables) 6 June 2011 Jay Dolata of Carmel Belle 040
  7. China House (formerly China Garden), Pacific Grove (front deck with tables; also, large picture windows) China House PG
  8. D’Anna Thai Kitchen, Marina (front deck)
  9. De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room, Carmel (patio)
  10. Deliciosos Tacos, Castroville (sit by the picture window)Deliciosos Tacos Castroville
  11. East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey (patio seating with bike racks nearby) Velo on triangle plaza
  12. El Palomar, Monterey (ask to be seated on patio and to park your bike there)
  13. El Zacatecano Restaurant, Salinas (bike rack directly out front; request table near a front picture window)IMG_5195
  14. Erik’s Delicafe, Seaside (picture window, outdoor table) HHT spot Eriks Delicafe cyclist (7)
  15. First Awakenings, Pacific Grove (lock bike on railing and request nearby table)
  16. Fishwife, Seaside (outdoor tables)Fishwife  (9)Fishwife Seaside - 9 Feb 2011 (10)
  17. Golden Fish, Salinas  (front patio and picture windows, plus bike rack within view)Security - Golden Fish parking
  18. G’s Tacos, Pajaro (outdoor table)G's Tacos Pajaro
  19. Hanabi Japanese, Castroville (ask for window table at front, then use nearby bike rack in viewing distance)Castroville Station bike racks 5 Feb 2012 018Castroville - Hanabi - 5 Feb 2012 021
  20. Happy Girl Kitchen, Pacific Grove (outdoor tables and bike rack)Happy Girl - BikeToHGK
  21. Haute Enchilada Café & Gallery, Moss Landing  (patio)
  22. Intercontinental the Clement Monterey (bike valet parking)Laurel at Clement valet sign primps
  23. Island Taco, Carmel  (outdoor tables)
  24. Jack London’s Neighborhood Pub & Grill, Carmel (patio)
  25. Jose’s, Seaside (ask for window table)
  26. Kula Ranch, Marina (ask to be seated on upper deck or lower patio, and to take your bike there with you, simply parking it out of the way)
  27. La Sala’s Bi-Rite Deli, Monterey (outdoor tables, or table by window)La Sala Bi-Rite daughter of owner (1)
  28. La Plaza Bakery & Café, 20 N. Sanborn Rd, Salinas  (picture window)DSC01898
  29. La Plaza Bakery & Café, Greenfield (picture window with nearby bike rack)La Plaza Bakery in Greenfield and countywide are in HER Helmet Thursdays
  30. London Bridge Pub, Monterey (patio seating, or indoor seating in view of bike rack)London Bridge pub -  042Bike rack by yacht club
  31. LouLou’s Griddle in the Middle, Wharf II, Monterey (outdoor tables)
  32. Maha’s Lebanese Cuisine, Monterey (outdoor tables)
  33. Marisco’s Puerto Nuevo, Seaside  (picture window–another window around the corner from this view too)IMG_5088
  34. Mariscos Nayarita, Castroville (picture window)Mariscos Nayarita Castroville
  35. Mi Tierra, Salinas  (picture window with bike rack nearby)IMG_5312
  36. Montellese Family Chiropractic, Monterey (you’re welcome to pop your bike on the elevator and bring it right on into the office!)
  37. Museum of Monterey at the Stanton Center, Monterey (a bike rack out front can be checked via the picture windows)Museum of Monterey 8 Jan 2012 (1)
  38. MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt, Monterey (picture window with bike rack out front, plus outdoor tables and parklet)MYO Monterey bike parking
  39. MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt, Salinas (picture window)MYO Salinas - Bike rack needs
  40. MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt, Seaside (picture window)IMG_5084
  41. Paluca Trattoria, Monterey (outdoor tables, and picture windows; walk your bike down Wharf I, then Paluca Trattoria welcomes you to lock it to their railing)
  42. Papa Chevo’s,  Monterey (large picture windows; also a couple tables out front directly on sidewalk, where you can have your bike right beside you)
  43. Parker-Lusseau Pastries, 731 Munras, Monterey (outdoor tables, on porch and–out of view in this photo–also on left)Rich M in front of Parker Lusseau, HHT spot (3)
  44. Parker-Lusseau Pastries, 539 Hartnell, Monterey (picture window, outdoor patio)
  45. Parker-Lusseau Pastries, 40 Ragsdale, Monterey (outdoor tables)
  46. Peter B’s Brewpub, Monterey (bike rack directly alongside outdoor dining area!)Thru 5-15-12 183
  47. Petra, Monterey (picture window with bike rack nearby)
  48. Petra, Pacific Grove (outdoor deck)
  49. Pico de Gallo, Monterey (front patio)DSC01831
  50. Pino’s Cafe, Monterey (tables out front or sit by window; use bike  racks directly in front of Adventures bike shop, just across from Pino’s, or kick-stand your bike out of the walkway, along the side window of Pino’s)Pinos storefront Dan 5-6-12
  51. Plume’s Coffee House, Monterey (sit at tables out front, or at window seats)
  52. Point Pinos Grill, Pacific Grove (outdoor patio)
  53. PortaBella, Carmel (outdoor tables)
  54. Portola Hotel (bike valet parking)Nick - cheery valet and savvy cyclist
  55. r.g. Burgers, Carmel (outdoor tables)
  56. r.g. Burgers, Monterey (outdoor patio–not visible below, but to the left of front door)rgburgers ped walkway
  57. Room for Dessert, Monterey (video-surveillance racks across the street, and visible from picture windows)Surveillance - racks msctr - DSC00307
  58. Rosa’s La Villa Restaurante, Seaside (picture windows, both dining rooms)IMG_5090
  59. Sandbar & Grill, Wharf II, Monterey (bike rack nearby–although up the stairs)Sandbar & Grill 038
  60. Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar at the Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey (bike valet parking available)Bike valet and Laurel Thomsen - Mtry Plaza - Mari
  61. Sweet Elena’s, Sand City (picture windows, outdoor tables)DSC01821
  62. Tacos El Jalisciense on the corner of East Alisal and Madeira, Salinas (large picture windows, and bike rack out front in easy-to-observe location)Taco El Jali Alisal at Madeira
  63. Taqueria la Arrolladora, Salinas (sit near picture window; bike rack nearby–the taqueria is about where the youth is walking his bike)Bike parking very closeby at Taqueria La Arrolladora - Del Monte and SanbornTaqueria La Arrolladora - Del Monte and Sanborn in East Salinas
  64. The Wharf Marketplace, Monterey (outdoor tables)Natalie Oiver and family 10 May 2014 Intergenerationa Ride - at Wharf Marketplace
  65. Toasties Café, Pacific Grove (outdoor patio)
  66. Trailside Cafe, Monterey (outdoor patio with bike rack nearby)
  67. Turtle Bay Taqueria, Monterey (outdoor tables)Turtle Bay Monterey April 2015 (1)
  68. Turtle Bay Taqueria, Seaside (outdoor tables)
  69. Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey (bike valet parking at the hotel)
  70. Wharf Marketplace, Monterey (outdoor tables next to bike racks on coastal side, and outdoor tables on streetside too)
  71. Wickets at Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley (bike valet parking available)
  72. Wild Plum Cafe & Bakery, Monterey (outdoor tables)
  73. Yangtse’s Taste of Thai, Salinas (ask for window table; bike rack nearby)Fixie girls in Oldtown Salinas March 2014 - at Yangtse's - also burrito riders

    REMEMBER: The list above is just a sampling.

    For all spots in the HER Helmet Thursdays project, click here.