Cyclists have bikes checked over at Rugby Train Station

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A total of 40 commuter cyclists took advantage of a free bike service at Rugby Train Station recently.

Out of the 40, three-quarters of them also taking the opportunity to register their bicycle on a national crime prevention database.

Warwickshire County Council joined forces with the local British Transport Police, Bike Fixers and Sustrans to run two Pedal & Ride cycle events at Rugby Train Station at the end of last month.

The events were designed to reward people that choose sustainable forms of transport, like cycling and catching the train, to get to and from work.

People who bike to work via the train were given the chance to get their bicycle serviced free of charge by mobile bike repair company, Bike Fixers. They were able to leave their bicycle in the capable hands of a mechanic while they went to work and then collect their fine-tuned vehicle on their

return.

They could also opt to get their bicycle registered on the Bike Register database by a British Transport Police Officer at no cost. The crime database helps deter would-be thieves and makes it easier for police to reunite any stolen bikes which are recovered with their owners.

Sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, were also on hand to give commuter cyclists information on the local Sustrans cycle network.

Nicola Small, Senior Transport Planner at Warwickshire County Council, said: “Even though the weather was so cold, people were still braving the elements and cycling to catch their train at Rugby Train Station.

“We were delighted that so many of them took advantage of the free bike service and registered on the crime database.

We’ve held similar events at Leamington Train Station in recent months and these have also proved extremely popular. It was great to be able to bring these events to Rugby.”

The Pedal & Ride events are funded by Warwickshire County Council, as part of the council’s efforts to increase the number of people in the county using sustainable forms of transport, such as bicycles and trains.

British Transport Police Community Support Officer, Hayley Jones said: “We were delighted to join forces with the council and Bike Fixers to reward cycle commuters and improve bike security at Rugby rail station.

“We hope by getting cycles security marked and registered using Bike Register and ensuring people have an adequate lock, we can reduce the number of cycle crimes.

“We received extremely positive feedback from commuter cyclists and other members of the public. Everyone agreed it was reassuring to cyclists using the rail network that BTP was taking cycle security so seriously.”

Anne Grant, Virgin Trains Group Station Manager for the Midlands, said: “Virgin Trains were delighted to support this initiative. More and more of our customers are choosing to combine train travel with cycling to and from stations and Virgin Trains is doing a lot of work with partners to encourage and facilitate this healthy and environmentally friendly activity.”