Gearing up to support bike owners

PCSO Sarah-Jayne Morrison (right) with Lucy Bemrose from Sustrans.
PCSO Sarah-Jayne Morrison (right) with Lucy Bemrose from Sustrans.

A BIKE safety event helping residents ensure their bikes are in good working order and security marked is being held in Whitley Bay.

Police community support officer Sarah-Jayne Morrison will be joined by Lucy Bemrose, of Sustrans, to offer a ‘Dr Bike’ session to check bikes are safe and in working order.

Free local cycling maps will be given away, plus information about the Green Explorer initiative, as well as a free bike marking session and offer road safety advice and crime prevention tips.

It will take place near the Skate Park on The Links on Saturday, March 30, between noon and 2pm.

Pcso Morrison said: “This is an excellent opportunity for all cycling enthusiasts to come together to get their bikes checked.

“It also allows us to give advice about staying safe while out cycling and keeping your bikes secured and out of reach from opportunist thieves.

“Bike theft can slightly increase as the lighter nights and warmer weather approaches so we just want to ensure people keep their bike’s safe and secured.”

Lucy added: “Sustrans has been visiting schools in North Tyneside to help encourage safe cycling.

“This event is a great way to promote cycling as a fun, family activity and working together with the police we are able to provide bike safety and security advice for the whole family.”

This also forms part of the police’s initiative to promote road safety and tackle issues around the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “Road safety is one of our priorities and we are working with our partners to raise awareness of staying safe on our roads, whether you are motorist, a cyclist or a pedestrian.”