Laura Laker December 1 2016
Survey results from London have revealed a disturbing level of cycle theft and a critical need for decent cycle parking, according to the London Cycling Campaign (LCC).
Of 1800 London cyclists surveyed, more than 45 per cent had one bicycle stolen; 19 per cent had lost two, while 75 per cent wanted to see more bike stands in the capital. Most commonly thefts (13 per cent) occurred outside a place of work, while only six per cent of theft victims had their bikes returned.
The survey, by Quanteze, commissioned by Stolen Ride and the London Cycling Campaign, revealed 91 per cent of bikes were locked, but a significant number of victims had only used cheap cable type locks to secure them. Unsurprisingly, 95 per cent of people stepped up security following a theft.
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Tom Bogdanowicz from the London Cycling Campaign said: “The theft survey highlights the need for more cycle stands in London as well as the need to use good locks and insure your bike against theft.”
He added LCC members benefit from third party insurance, “preferential rates on theft insurance”, and discounts on cycling brands and accessories.
The survey also revealed the importance people place on their bike; 47 per cent classified a bike as their most valued possession, more than three times those who referenced a car, computer or phone. More than half (55 per cent) were very concerned about bike security out and about in London, although four out of ten didn’t have theft insurance.