Bicycle Parking and Safety
Yale has a variety of parking areas for bikes on campus, both indoor and outdoor. There are also many bike parking options throughout New Haven, including sheltered parking at Union Station and State Street Station.
Bicycle Safety Training
Yale Environmental Health & Safety offers a one-hour Bicycle Safety Training course covering state and local laws pertaining to cyclists and ways that cyclists can avoid accidents. The course includes helpful bicycling tips, bicycle maintenance info, and the proper use and sizing of helmets. Participants will receive a free helmet upon completion of the course.
Yale Environmental Health & Safety offers additional safety tips, tools, and resources for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.
Bicycle Theft Prevention and Registration
Always Lock Your Bike
It is highly recommended that bicyclists use a U-lock and cable to effectively secure your bike from theft. Never lock to a street sign ot banister, as locked bikes can be easily moved from these locations.
Quick-release levers on your wheels and seat post invite theft. If possible, replace anything with a quick-release lever with permanent skewers/bolts (you can get a “seat leash” for your seat if you want to keep the quick-release so that its easily adjustable). If you do have quick-release wheels, take one wheel off and secure it to the other wheel, the frame, and the bike rack with your U-lock and/or very thick cable.
Register Your Bike
As a service to the University community, Yale Transportation Options registers bicycles owned by students, faculty, and staff members through the National Bike Registry. Bicycle registrations are valid for 10 years.
- Locate the serial number on your bike. You can’t register your bike without it.
- Fill out the Bike Registration form to begin the registration process. We will submit your information to the Yale Police Department.
- We will email you when your bike has been registered.
Consider purchasing low-cost property insurance.
If you believe your bike has been stolen, contact the Yale Police Department at 203-432-4400.