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Bicycles protected in York

Bicycles protected in York

6:07am 28th October 2010

Cycle security initiative welcomed

An initiative aimed at reducing the incidence of cycle theft has been welcomed by the city’s Cycling Champion.

Despite concerted efforts in recent years to slow the rate of thefts, a recent surge has led Safer York Partnership to act to alert people to the risks of leaving their bikes unsecured.

Cycling Champion Coun. Dave Merrett says:

“I’m pleased to see Safer York Partnership picking up their work on cycle security following this unwanted upward trend in cycle thefts.  Residents need to know how easy it is in certain circumstances for opportunists to steal bikes.

“Unfortunately too many bikes are still being locked with insufficiently strong and robust locks, meaning they are relatively straight-forward to get free and ride away. 

“It’s really important that everyone that uses a bike in the city, no matter how valuable, use locks that are fit for purpose.  It is recommended now to double-lock bikes for added security.  Subsidised locks are still available through the Cycle City Programme from the council office reception at 9, St Leonard’s Place, at a fraction of their retail value.

“It may seem an expense people will struggle to afford, but it will be far cheaper than the cost of replacing a bicycle”.

Safer York Partnership will be having a demonstration on types of locks and their effectiveness this Friday in King’s Square between 10am and 4pm.

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