The garage beteeen Montefiore and the Lillian Kaufman building on Fifth has an excellent rack. A little dirty, but inside, almost in sight of the attendents. Secure enough that a bike was left unlocked there – for a few months.
My bike got stolen out of Presby garage at the Lothrop street rack. The thief even took the 2 chains and padlocks. Use a ulock or a wrecker chain and heavy padlock. The local thieves in Oakland have tools so dont use no cheap cable lock or light chains.
If you use your ulock and secure any quick release wheels, you’re probably going to be OK. It’s just that bike thieves know that there are lots of bikes there and a quick snip is all it takes to roll away on a bike that’s locked with just a cable.
You can probably steal a bike in less than 30 seconds with a pair of $2 wire cutters. People just don’t realize that cable locks suck until they lose a bike. Bike-Pgh and others are trying to get the word out, but unfortunately, people often pass by that info until the issue hits home.