Those lucky enough to have got a new bicycle for Christmas are being offered the chance to have it security coded for free at a new year event.
All bicycles, old and new, can also get checked over by Dr Bike at the community bike safety event on Wednesday January 3. The event, organised by the local neighbourhood police team in conjunction with Blackpool Council, will be held at Old Highfield library, Highfield Road, Blackpool from 3pm – 7pm.
Those in attendance can also receive road safety advice and will have the chance to buy a reconditioned bike from between £15 - £45. Cyclists can also donate their old bikes to the council’s recycling scheme.
PCSO Clare Walker, South Shore neighbourhood police team, said: “There are steps that cyclists can take to prevent their bike from being stolen – like using a strong lock and chain; securing their bike to a sturdy object when not riding and storing it in a locked shed or garage once they have finished using it.
“However, if it is stolen then there is a better chance of getting it backed if it has been coded so that we can prove ownership. All cyclists are welcome to attend our event so that they can find out more about keeping their bikes safe.”
Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for streets and transport, Cllr Fred Jackson, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for Blackpool residents to secure their bikes for free. I would urge people who have not yet had their bikes coded to take up this opportunity to do so.
"There will also be specialists on hand from Dr Bike to help with repairs and there will even be council staff on hand to help people recycle old and unwanted bikes."