Students at Slough schools are being encouraged to ride their bicycles to school and keep them safe by having them security marked.
The Better by initiative aims to get more pupils to ride bikes to school to improve physical activity levels in children and reduce congestion from cars on the roads at school drop off and pick up times.
Pupils at The Westgate School, in Cippenham Lane, have been offered the free security marking for their bicycles where the frame numbers are registered on a police approved national database.
Cycle Experience representative Kelly Koya went into the school and registered the bikes before security marking the frame. Then, if the bike is stolen and later found, it is easier to identify the rightful owner and return it.
Slough Borough Council’s Better by team are working with 28 schools to create sustainable travel initiatives.
She added that if students’ bikes were security marked, they would be more likely to ride them to school, because of the peace of mind it would give them.
Cllr Martin Carter, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “Slough Borough Council’s sustainable travel team, Better by… works with businesses, schools and community groups to make cycling and walking the natural choice for short journeys.
“Bike theft is a recurring problem in Slough, as it is across most boroughs. By partnering up with the UK’s leading bicycle identification and registration scheme, BikeRegister - we have made a move to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and help owners recover their bikes.”