Bike Safety & Security
The City of Evanston has some specific regulations for bikers. Get an overview in our "Quick 5" card, or see the full Evanston municipal biking code here. In support of bike safety and Evanston's regulations, Northwestern University Police offers free bike helmets and lights to all students, faculty and staff who register their bikes with Northwestern University Police.
New protected bike lanes are now available along Chicago/Sheridan Road. Please see the flyer from the City of Evanston about navigating them safely.
University Police sells Kryptonite brand U-shaped locks at cost in the Evanston Parking Office at 1841 Sheridan Road and the University Police station at 211 E. Superior Street in Chicago.
Theft of bicycles and bicycle parts are common crimes on college campuses. To protect your bicycle:
- Always properly secure your bicycle frame to a bicycle rack or stationary object with an alloy hardened U-shaped lock, even if you're only going to be gone a minute. Most locking cables and chains, regardless of a hardened case, can be cut with bolt cutters.
- Immediately report suspicious activity that you see near bicycle racks.
- Register your bicycle with University Police. We concurrently register bicycles with the Evanston or Chicago Police Department.
- When you lock and leave your bicycle, try to choose a public place where passersby will notice a thief.
- When possible, release the front wheel and secure together with the back tire. Remember to also secure removable seats.
- Keep records of serial number, description of bicycle, bill-of-sale, etc.
- Put your bicycle in storage when not in use. Bicycles are prohibited from being stored in corridors, hallways, stairwells, lounges or any thoroughfare.