A shiny new bicycle is a common and much loved Christmas present.
But don’t let the memory of unwrapping the metres and metres of Christmas paper and the joy of a new bike be wiped out with it being stolen because nobody thought to purchase a bike lock.
This post Christmas period is the perfect time to buy a good quality lock to keep the new pride and joy as safe as can be when locked up in public.
The council’s sustainable transport team Better by recommend spending around one tenth of the cost, or more, of the bicycle on a lock.
It is also recommended that owners get their bike security marked as it acts as a deterrent to thieves because the bike becomes more difficult to pass on in the unfortunate event of it being stolen.
Security marking also means that if found and secured by Thames Valley Police there is evidence of a registered keeper and the bike can be returned to the rightful owner.
Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said: “Bicycles are a great way to enjoy leisure time, use to travel around the borough and commute to work.
“Riding contributes to physical fitness, reduces the number of vehicles on the roads and pollutants.
“There are several measures cyclists can take to make sure they remain the rightful; owner of it and getting a good quality lock, the bike security marked and locking it up in very visible places can contribute to deterring thieves from targeting that new bike.”
Cyclists can register they bikes on www.bikeregister.com and www.immobilise.com with the bike’s frame number for a small fee.
However, look out for free bike marking sessions provided by the Better by team throughout the borough where the bike is registered on a national database and a tamper proof sticker is added to the frame to deter thieves.
There will be a series of security marking sessions, in partnership with BikeRegister announced in the new year as well as sessions with Cycle Experience at Langley Pavilion, Upton Lea Community Centre and the Britwell Centre on February 18, 19 and 20.
Lots of information about winter cycling, free security bike marking sessions throughout the year and other sustainable transport advice is available at www.slough.gov.uk/betterby.