To securely lock a bicycle, we recommend locking the bicycle wheel and frame, bicycle racks should allow for both the wheel and frame to be locked.
Locking points should be positioned so that a d-lock can access the frame and wheel of a bicycle. Some locking point designs are not positioned in an accessible location for bike locks.
To be parked a bicycle must be supported in a horizontal upright or vertical position.
Bicycles can be parked by leaning onto a rail or stand. This is the least space-efficient method of parking a bike as it takes more space whilst leaning. This can be seen with Sheffield stands and is why these demand the largest centre to centre spacing for horizontal parking.
Hanging bikes on a hook is a suitable method of vertically parking a bicycle, however the hook should be installed in combination with a locking loop to ensure the bicycle can be secured.
Front fork support
Some single-tier and double-tier parking racks incorporate fork support systems. This is a design that holds a parked bicycle upright by supporting the forks on the front of a bicycle. This is a method of safely supporting a bicycle with no risk of damage.
A cradle design bike rack supports a bicycle by the wheel, ensuring no part of the frame is scratched. This form of parking is not compatible with mudguards.