Regular cycle commuters at Rugby Train Station will be able to take advantage of a free bike check and the chance to register their bike on a national crime-prevention database next week.
Warwickshire County Council are joining forces with the local British Transport Police, Bike Fixers and Sustrans to run two “Pedal & Ride” cycle events at Rugby Station on Tuesday March 19 and Friday March 22.
Cyclists will be offered the chance to get their bike serviced free of charge by mobile bike repair company, Bike Fixers. Commuters will be 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, will also be 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 hoping to target commuters on their way to and home from work, so will be at the main entrance from 7:30am – 10:30am and 3:30pm – 6:30pm on both days.
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 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 will also be 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, 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.”