More people are using pedal power to keep themselves healthy on their commute to and from work. According to We Are Cycling UK, bikers in London increased from 77,000 in 2011 to over 150,000 in 2011. Other key areas, such as Manchester, Bristol, and Brighton, also experienced a marked improvement. Businesses that sell bikes also benefit from the phenomenon, with sales increasing as much as 11 % in 2015.
Bikes are not only a healthy mode of transport. They’re also economical. They cost almost next to nothing (you spend only for its maintenance), and even the ones used daily can travel for around 5,000 miles before you need to replace tyres or chains.
However, bikes are not indispensable. Owners can lose them with poor protection against the elements or by theft. To avoid these, communities — from schools to neighbourhoods — can take the initiative and follow these steps:
1. Build a bike shelter
Building bike shelters in the U.K. don’t just secure bicycles from theft. It also protects them from harmful elements. Bike shelters come with durable canopies. Depending on the design, they might also have cladding for extra protection and a gate for added security. Builders can work on any available space or design the shelter or shed to be modular. This way, they can expand it conveniently when you need to accommodate more bicycles.
2. Register your bicycle
You can register your bike in the U.K. In fact, the British Transport Police highly recommends it. You can also attach a warning label, saying your vehicle is in the database. It doesn’t guarantee no one will steal your bike, but it may make thieves think twice.
3. Lock your bike
There are many ways to lock your bike. For one, you can use a padlock or a security chain. You can contact groups such as Sold Secure, which can help assess the quality and effectiveness of your chosen lock for preventing theft or loss.
Although you may not stop thieves from taking your bicycles, you can still do something to reduce risks significantly. These three steps should get you started.