Regular cycle commuters at Rugby Train Station are taking advantage of a free bike check and the chance to register their bike on a national crime-prevention database.
Warwickshire County Council have joined forces with the local British Transport Police, Bike Fixers and Sustrans to run two Pedal and Ride cycle events at Rugby Station today (Tuesday) and Friday.
Cyclists are being offered the chance to get their bike serviced free of charge by mobile bike repair company, Bike Fixers.
Commuters are able to leave their bike in the capable hands of a mechanic while they go to work and then collect their fine-tuned vehicle on their return.
They can also opt to get their bike registered on the Bike Register database by a British Transport Police Officer at no cost. Sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, are also there to give cyclists information on the local Sustrans cycle network.
To take advantage of the scheme, all cyclists need to do is prove they have used the train 3 times in the previous 2 weeks (e.g. by showing a rail travel card or train tickets).
The organisers are targeting commuters on their way to and home from work. A number of cyclists took advantage of the free service this morning and the team are back there again now until 6.30pm. The event will be run again on Friday this week, from 7.30am – 10.30am and 3.30pm
Similar events have been held at Leamington Train Station in recent months and have proved extremely popular.
Approaching 100 bikes have so far been checked and serviced at Leamington station by Bike Fixers’ specialists and British Transport Police have registered more than 70 cycles on the Bike Register database, which helps deter would-be thieves and makes it easier for police to reunite any stolen bikes which are recovered with their owners.
At the Rugby Train Station events, there is also the opportunity to purchase a ‘D’ lock for just £10, usually priced at £44.99. This offer also proved extremely popular at the Leamington events, with 50 cyclists benefiting from the discounted security locks.
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 transport methods, such as bicycles and trains.
Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways, who paid a visit to the event this morning, said: “It is great to be able to offer rewards to regular cycle commuters. Following the success of our Pedal & Ride events in Leamington, we are now
rolling these out to other busy train stations across Warwickshire, and I’m delighted that Rugby is the next in line to benefit.”
British Transport Police Community Support Officer, Hayley Jones said: “We’re 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 cyclists and other members of the public at the Leamington events.
Everyone agreed it was reassuring to cyclists using the rail network that BTP was taking the cycle security so seriously.”
Anne Grant, Virgin Trains Group Station Manager for the Midlands, says: “Virgin Trains is 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 such as BTP to encourage and facilitate this healthy and environmentally friendly activity.”