Free locks for cyclists

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CYCLISTS are being urged to keep their bikes locked with the use of a free cycle lock.

Police from North Shields neighbourhood policing team are working with staff at Cobalt Business Park and bike charity Sustrans who are offering free cycle locks to park staff.

Pc Sally Youden, local Neighbourhood Beat Manager said: “I regularly patrol this area and know that a lot of people choose to cycle to work. To help them keep their bikes safe while they’re in the office, we’re working with Cobalt to encourage staff to lock up their bikes securely using the bike sheds provided and good quality locks.

“While away from work cyclists should also remember to always lock their bike when they dismount, even if they’re just calling into a shop for a moment. A few seconds is all it takes for an opportunist thief to jump on an unattended bike and ride it away.”

Posters have been distributed around the business park aimed at cyclists who can find out more about regular bike marking schemes held on site.

Over recent months several bikes have been reported stolen from the are and police are keen to prevent further incidents.

Emma Spence, Sustrans Active Travel coordinator for North Tyneside, said: “We want to make sure that people are not discouraged from seeing cycling as a great way to get around locally by being a victim of crime. “More and more people are cycling to work at Cobalt now and we want to make sure people are locking their bikes up properly and know where the secure bike parking areas are.”

For further information email emma@cobaltpark.co.uk or visit www.sustrans.org.uk to find out more about how you can get cycling everyday.