SAFER cycling and crime prevention was the aim of a bike awareness event.
Run by Go Smarter and Northumbria Police, the all-day event was designed to encourage employees of Vantec Europe in Sunderland to cycle to work.
Paul Andre, crime prevention adviser with Northumbria Police, said: “With more people cycling during the summer months, we typically see a rise in opportunistic thefts.
“Sessions like this show the sort of steps that can be taken to prevent you having your bike stolen, such as buying and using a good quality D lock and securing it in a proper bike rack covered by CCTV.”
He said people who took part in the event were able to have their bikes registered with police on a national database, which will help with recovery if it does get stolen.
Go Smarter’s Dr Bike team was also on hand to provide free bike safety checks, alterations and minor repairs.
Sessions like this are part of a wider Go Smarter initiative to persuade people to leave their cars at home and choose alternative ways to get to work and school.
Carol Dougherty, workplace travel adviser for Go Smarter in Sunderland, said: “Cycling is a fun and sustainable form of travel, and we want as many people as possible to take it up.
“To ensure this happens though we need to make sure people feel confident when on the road and assured that their bike is safe when it’s not in use.
“By getting more people to cycle, we reduce carbon emissions and congestion on already overcrowded roads.”
Lisa Gardiner, from Vantec Europe, said: “Vantec Europe employs more than 1,000 people, and we’re keen to encourage as many of them as possible to look for alternative and sustainable methods of getting to and from work.
“Cycling is just one of those, and events like this show how it can be done in a way that’s easy for employees but also keeps them safe and their bikes secure.”