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Bike safety in Zurich?

I am considering bringing my bike with me to Zurich when I start my studies. I hear that its generally safe to ride, but what about theft? Also is it worth insuring your bike and all that hassle, or does Zurich have good enough and cheap enough public transport that I should just go on foot?

Any first hand experiences of cyclists coming from the UK would be much appreciated!
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Re: Bike safety in Zurich?

Yes, cycle.
Yes, the public transport is excellent.
Yes, use a bike here.
Yes, use two strong locks, of which one locks the bicycle to an immovable object.
Yes, bicycles can easily be added to your general theft insurance.
No, not worth insuring if the bike is old and junky.
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I am considering bringing my bike with me to Zurich when I start my studies. I hear that its generally safe to ride, but what about theft? Also is it worth insuring your bike and all that hassle, or does Zurich have good enough and cheap enough public transport that I should just go on foot?

Any first hand experiences of cyclists coming from the UK would be much appreciated!
Generally safe - watch out for e-Bike riders they Cannuts.
They drive/ride on the right

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Re: Bike safety in Zurich?

Depends what bike you have. Public transport is very good. Here most people use a side stand which is different to UK and there are not so many places to chain up to. But on the other had most stations have excellent bike parking. A ratty single speed with a good lock should be my choice
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Re: Bike safety in Zurich?

Bring your bike, and a lock.

Keep an eye out for elevation differences between where your courses are, and where you look for an apt.

Although Switzerland looks very small on a 2d map, it's a lot further than you think when there is a hill between here and there.
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Re: Bike safety in Zurich?

And learn how to cross tram tracks somewhere quiet away from traffic.
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Re: Bike safety in Zurich?

Don't use a 3000 CHF bike for everyday stuff if you want to be safe. Plenty of cheap bikes in switzerland so thieves are not really interested in cheap bikes. If you use your bike all year I guess it's nice not to depend on public transport and you save money too.
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Re: Bike safety in Zurich?

use two strong locks, of which one locks the bicycle to an immovable object


Excellent advice, especially if the two are different types of lock, but virtually nobody seems to do that. It's incredible how many bikes you see which are just locked to themselves with a super-flimsy lock.


My impression is that bike theft and vandalism is nowhere near as big a issue here as in the UK. I wouldn't be overly concerned (but use common sense)
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Re: Bike safety in Zurich?

I've also added pitlocks (www.pitlock.de) to my "quick release" wheels and saddle, so that these do not get removed by any enterprising/bored bastards...
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