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York Bike Event Celebrates Milestone


9:26am 29th October 2013

An event to mark the 15000th bike to be registered on the Operation Spoke database that helps deter cycle theft is set to take place today with the Safer York Partnership, City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police and Get Cycling.

Operation Spoke was launched in 2009 and has already helped to reduce the number of bike thefts with recent figures from The Safer York Partnership showing thefts had been reduced by 39 per cent over the past five years.

Kersten England, City of York Council Chief Executive said: “This is a huge achievement, and as a cyclist myself I think this is a really important scheme. The success of Operation Spoke has surely stopped countless instances of theft for residents, as well stolen bikes being able to be returned to their rightful owners. It’s fantastic to see.”

Safer York Partnership say they aim of Operation Spoke it to mark a large proportion of bikes in the City of York with the intention of deterring cycle theft, apprehending cycle thieves and returning stolen bikes to their owners.

Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities commented: “Schemes like this is what makes York such a fabulous city to be a cyclist. A simple yet highly effective method of preventing a common crime and it takes less than a minute.  A sticker will be placed on the bike to deter would-be cycle thieves and to assist police officers’ in identifying registered bikes. I would strongly recommend anyone that hasn’t already had this done takes a few minute out of their day to do so.”

Tanya Lyons, North Yorkshire Police representative for Safer York Partnership said: “Cycle theft in York has reduced by 39 per cent over the past five years. This is partly due to members of the public becoming much more vigilant when it comes to cycle security. In addition to registering cycles under Operation Spoke we would also advise that people invest at least 10 per cent of their bike's calue in a good quality bike lock."

The event runs between 10am-2pm, and will be in attendance by Doctor Bike, meaning members of the public can have minor cycle issues seen to by a professional mechanic free of charge. North Yorkshire Police will be providing their Mobile Police Office so cycles can be tagged in seconds, which entails a unique identifying mark linked to the owner’s details which are then stored on a database.  The Operation Spoke database is linked to the Immobilise national property register, accessible by the majority of police forces in the country.  Therefore even if the bike is stolen outside of York there is a greater chance it will be returned to the owner.

Get Cycling, a local business that actively encourages all aspects of cycling, will also be present. As part of the partnership, they are offering bike lights (front and rear) for a discounted price exclusively at this event.

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