Cycle safety event helpscyclists get on their bikes

CYCLISTS and wheelchair users are being offered advice on ways to keep their possessions safe.

Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 6:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:56 pm
A cyclist keen to keep hold of their wheels, takes their bike to a previous cycle safety event

Following the success of their October campaign, Gosport Community Safety Partnership has announced it will be holding more Gosport Cycle Safe events in December.

In the autumn, representatives from the community organisation based themselves at Gosport Ferry Gardens where 66 bicycles and one wheelchair were security coded in order to deter thefts and protect residents’ property.

Gosport’s Community Safety Partnership, together with the Community Safety Team and Gosport police, will hold two more sessions in the Halfords car park, Gosport.

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The first is today at midday until 2pm, the next is Saturday from 10am until midday.

The two hour events will offer free cycle coding for residents and other advice and support in ways to keep bikes safer on the streets.

Carly Perry, community safety officer for Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘With Christmas fast approaching we thought this would be an ideal opportunity for residents to get any new bikes brought for Christmas security coded.

‘With people getting into the festive spirit we want to ensure they stay vigilant when it comes to securing their bicycles and to know their responsibilities as cyclists.

‘We want to remind bike owners the importance of simple measures that can really make a difference to prevent thefts and hope these events encourage people to take up the offer of free security coding.’

The scheme is also an opportunity for more people to see the work of the partnership especially if they missed the October demonstrations.

Free hi-vis safety packs will be given out for every child’s bike that is coded and for every adult bike that is coded Gosport Community Safety Partnership will give away a free hi-vis rucksack cover, while stocks last.

For more information, contact Carly Perry, community safety officer, on (023) 9254 5241.