Popular pedalling practitioner Dr Bike returns to various locations across Sutton in a chain of events over summer 2016.
The Dr Bike sessions are a chance for residents to get free safety advice and security marking to keep their bikes safe from theft. The police will also be at the events to help support the initiative and share their expertise with residents.
2015’s Dr Bike sessions proved highly successful with over 60 workshops taking place between April and October. The record for bikes checked at a single event is 43 – the bike expert is optimistic he can beat that score this year.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Liberal Democrat Chair of Sutton Council’s Environments and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “Last year’s Dr Bike sessions were a huge hit, giving residents the chance to learn about ways to stay safe when cycling and keeping bikes secure from theft. Encouraging people to cycle more, and to be confident about it, helps keep our borough green and clean and helps us to achieve our one Planet Sutton goals.”
The sessions will take place roughly each week across the borough visiting Sutton, Cheam, Worcester Park, Carshalton, Rosehill, and Hackbridge. Dr Bike’s full schedule for 2016 is shown here:
PC Neil Pearce, of Sutton Police’s Safer Transport Team, said: “Last year’s Dr Bike programme was extremely successful. Through the joint initiative with Sutton Council we managed to security mark over 1,000 bikes. This has contributed to the highest reduction in cycle theft across all London boroughs. We’ve also had some great results reuniting bikes with their rightful owners.
“Security marking involves etching a unique serial number onto a bike’s frame – this acts as a deterrent to bike thieves as the rightful owner can easily be identified.”
Sutton Council’s Sustainable Transport Strategy (which can be viewed and downloaded here) sets out the borough’s vision to encourage and facilitate more people to use bicycles. Sutton has a network of signed cycle routes following quieter roads and traffic-free paths through parks and along the river Wandle.