Thursday, 11 April 2013

Busy Bike Marking

Police, cyclists and cycle specialists all converged on Maple Lodge last Saturday (6th April) for the second ‘Bike Marking Event’ of the year. The event, which was arranged by PC Luke Lazell of the Worcester Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team, was held at the iconic building in the Hamptons from midday and ran until after 3pm.

The first such event, held in January at the police office in Central Road attracted 47 cyclists and the team were hoping to achieve a similar result for this one. But after the usual advertising with posters and flyers kindly displayed at various premises in and around the area, plus a plug on the blog here, the team were surprised and delighted to see no less than 72 cyclists turn up for the event which had to be extended because of the sheer numbers. The afternoon’s rare incidence of good spring weather probably helped too.

The event, which is part of an ongoing London-wide operation to promote bike security involving the police, Transport for London and cycling groups was run by PC Luke Lazell and PCSO Gary Weaving. They were assisted by PCSO Nadine Campbell of The Nonsuch Safer Neighbourhood Team, PC Lee Honey and Lee’s colleague Andy, both of Safer Transport Command Team.

Mark and Charlie from CYCLE POWER in Central Road were also there giving free cycle safety checks to anyone who wanted one.

PC Luke Lazell commented afterwards that, "Everyone involved today went away very, very happy."
PCSO Weaving added "We’re all extremely pleased and we’ll definitely arrange another one for the summer….even if we don’t actually get one!"