Bike Parking

The San Diego Bike Coalition works throughout the county to get more convenient, secure bike parking installed in areas where you live and work.

Tips for Parking Your Bike

  • Purchase a U-lock and cable lock- review the instructions.
  • Register your bike.
  • Look for proper bike parking racks.
  • Always lock your bike, especially at home. This includes your garage, patio, yard, college residence hall, apartment building, when carrying on a car rack, etc.
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area where there are other bikes.
  • Do not lock your bike in the same location all the time.
  • Make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the object it is locked to.
  • Create a snug fit with wheels and frame so that there is little space in the u-portion of the u-lock for a thief’s tools.
  • Do not lock your bike to itself – front wheel or rear wheel to the frame.
  • Always position your u-lock with keyway facing down.
  • If you’re only locking one wheel, it is recommended that you capture the rear wheel as part of your lock-up. Replacement cost for the rear wheel can be up to double the cost of the front wheel.Tips to prevent your  bicycle from being stolen

Bike Valet

The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is well known for our friendly and convenient Valet Bike Parking service that we offer at both public and private events. Some of these events include community fairs and festivals and at larger events like the Tour of California and the Farmers Insurance Open.

Valet bike parking is like a coat check for bicycles. Bike valet service ensures that bicycles and their accessories will not be stolen. People appreciate the extra security of valet and our reputation is well known.

Request Bike Valet at your next event.

Request a Free Bike Rack for your Business in San Diego

Depending on where you live in the County of San Diego, some cities offer bike rack programs for businesses.  The City of San Diego offers FREE bike racks for businesses, the owner of the business has to request it.

Below is information for the City of San Diego:

In the City of San Diego, to request a bike rack in front of your business, please send an email with the following information to

  1. Name of Business
  2. Contact Name
  3. Telephone Number
  4. Email Address
  5. Street Address of proposed rack location
  6. Number of racks being requested
  7. Any additional info on the rack location details that may be useful for City staff evaluation

Rack requests should come from the fronting business owner. If you know of a business that would benefit from having a bike rack, please ask the business owner to follow the process above.

General Info on the City’s Bike rack Program

Once the request information for a rack is submitted it will be evaluated by City staff. The requestor will be notified of the evaluation results within 60 days of their request. Racks will be approved and installed as space allows. Racks, installation and maintenance will be provided by the City for approved locations. The following are examples of locations that are not acceptable for City bike rack installations:

  1. Narrow sidewalks
  2. On private property
  3. On asphalt, grass, gravel, brick or other surfaces that will not allow secure rack installation. (Racks need to be installed on a concrete surface)
  4. Residential addresses
  5. Bus Stops
  6. Locations that have conflicts with storm drains, parked vehicles, utility boxes
  7. Locations in Downtown and Little Italy (Please contact Daniel Reeves of Civic San Diego at to request a rack at these locations)

If you have any questions regarding the bike rack program, please contact Thomas Landre at