Just a quick back story: in the summer, my girlfriend rode for the charity ride "Ride to Conquer Cancer" in Toronto. It was her first marathon, and she was really excited. She doesn't normally bike, so she trained hard despite being extremely busy with summer school and job hunting.
She's also not very fortunate in terms of money and is extremely careful with it. In short, over the summer, she asked that any friends/family who wanted to give her gifts for any occasions (birthdays, Christmas, etc.) to put it towards sponsoring her for the ride. She raised $2,600 by herself.
She completed the ride, and immediately signed up for the next one.
Since she finished the ride, she kept her bike at a friend's apartment since she had a locker there. Recently, they've had a falling out, and she had to take her bike out. Last night, she took her bike out of the locker and locked it with a U-Lock and a cable lock (around the wheels) at her university where many other bikes are locked overnight.
This morning, someone stole her bike. The cable was clipped, and one of her wheels was left behind (not sure why).
So you can see why I want to get her a new bike; the reason she got that bike wasn't for herself, it was for the charity ride. She only biked to train for that marathon, and often opted to walk if she simply wanted to get somewhere.
The thing is, I'm afraid if I get her another bike, she'll have nowhere to keep it safe. She's been on the waiting list for a bike locker (http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/locker.htm#whatis) since she got the bike, and still hasn't had a call back. I'd be willing to purchase her an annual membership or something at a similar place, but I'm not having much luck.
Does anyone have any ideas for storing/locking a bike? She lives in a tiny "apartment" (top floor of a house) so there's no room indoors for it. Also, the front porch of her place is probably less safe than where she locked it last night and she has no access to the backyard.
She lives near OCAD, so if there's another sort of bike locker service around there, it'd be great to hear about it.
I really appreciate the time anyone has spent reading this and for any suggestions anyone brings up. Thank you in advance.
Thanks a lot in advance