During move-in weekend at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) on Saturday, Aug. 23, a new bicycle theft prevention and recovery program called “Lock & Roll” will be rolled out.
In a recent U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Crimes Statistics Report it is noted that bike theft is the fastest growing crime at college campuses across the country.
“Bike theft on campuses around the country has always been a concern,” said CSULB Police Chief Fernando Solorzano. “I think through this type of educational program and by offering an affordable bike lock to those individuals who need one, well, that’s a very positive step and will go a long way in preventing this crime.”
The CSULB Cycling Club, the CSULB Sustainable Transportation Program and University Police Department (UPD) have secured funding through the Campus Sustainability Task Force to work with Out-Spoke-N Cycles and the ABUS Lock Company to make 100 high quality U-Locks available to the campus for only $5 upon bicycle registration. The first 100 students, faculty or staff registering their bike with UPD and then present proof of registration at the University Bookstore, can receive an ABUS U-Lock for $5 as well as instructions on how to properly secure their bike.
The Lock & Roll Initiative’s comprehensive approach to bicycle security—U-Lock + Education + Registration—will benefit the entire campus community and contribute to campus sustainability by combating bike theft and encouraging students, faculty and staff to ride a bike to campus.
According to UPD, the campus community as a whole may not know how to correctly position the U-Lock on the bike, so the program will inform individuals on how to do such. In addition, the bicycle registration offered by UPD can aid in the recovery of a bike in the event that it is stolen.
“The members of our campus community need both affordable U-Locks and instructions on their use as well as bicycle registration,” said Elisa Thomas, the campus’ sustainability transportation coordinator. “For each person who rides a bike to campus instead of driving a car for a 3.5-mile trip to campus, we would save more than 846 pounds of CO2 emissions annually. For the 100 members of the campus community who will benefit from the $5 U-Lock + Education + Registration Program, that would amount to 84,640 pounds of CO2 emissions reduced annually. Further, (it would emphasize) our commitment to support sustainable transportation options to the campus.”