Cycle safety advice offered by police
AVON and Somerset police has issued safety and security advice for young people who have received new bikes as Christmas presents.
The force has offered people advice for keeping their new set of wheels secure in the New Year.
Officers have urged people with new bikes to kit them out with lights and reflectors, and to wear fluorescent clothing while riding in the dark.
A police spokesman said: "Take the time to get your bike security marked by police or your local cycle shop and registered on a website such as bike register.com – it makes it easier for police to trace the owners if it is stolen and can also act as a deterrent.
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"It is inexpensive to do and often local beat teams run cycle marking events for free – call them on 101 to find out when the next event is being held near you.
"Invest in a heavy duty lock, the best you can afford that is a suitable style for your bike – make sure it reflects the value of your bicycle. £40 or approximately 20 per cent of the value of your bike is a good guide.
"Lock the bike up even when at home and preferably store it in a locked garage or shed out of view.
"Where possible lock your bike in a specific bike park or in the sight of a CCTV camera. Try not to lock your bike in the same place on a regular basis to decrease the chance of it being stolen to order.
"Take a photo of your bike and write a clear description of it for your own records.
"Whilst it isn't illegal not to wear a helmet, we always recommend that you do. Speak to your local bike shop for advice and the latest updates on equipment or look at the following websites."