Two Tips for Protecting Your Bike or E-Scooter

Faculty and Staff


BikeUMD empowers you to cycle and scoot safely: make space for each other, wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road. Safety can also involve security for your vehicle. These two tips explain how you can keep your bike or e-scooter safe and secure. 

1. Use a U-Lock

Always lock your bike or e-scooter to a bike rack if you're leaving it unattended, even if it's just for a moment. U-locks are the most secure option for locking your bike or e-scooter at a bike rack. Made of solid steel, a u-lock is stronger than the braided steel of cable locks or the thinner steel of chain locks. The thicker the lock you purchase, the more difficult it will be to cut! 

Cyclists, always hook your u-lock through your bike frame and front tire when securing it to a bike rack (see image below). Locking only the frame, front fork or single wheel does not protect your tires from theft.  


E-scooter riders, we suggest securing the u-lock on the folding arm between the stem and the deck. Exact placement and hooks may vary by manufacturing type.


You can purchase an entry-level u-lock from the DOTS office in Regents Drive Garage or the RecWell Bike Shop for $20. Most entry-level u-locks cost $30 or more. 

2. Register Your Bike or E-Scooter

Registration through Bike Index is required (and free!) for all bikes and e-scooters on campus. It creates a record of ownership, which helps authorities track down your bike or e-scooter if it goes missing. With a bike or e-scooter registration, you receive free lock-cutting service and updates about campus bike and e-scooter events, amenities, policy changes and safety issues. You'll also get a notification if your bike or e-scooter is relocated or at risk of being relocated. Registration never expires, and you only need to register once.  

Beyond the benefits you receive from registering your bike or e-scooter, the data from your registration helps with the planning and implementation of bicycle infrastructure improvements at the university.

From safety and security tips to group rides and maintenance classes, BikeUMD is here to assist you with all of your bike or e-scooter needs. Email us at with your questions.