Simon MacMichael February 18 2018
The Chief Constable of South Wales Police has outlined how he plans to make Cardiff safer for cyclists.
Matt Jukes, who was appointed to the top job in the force last month, told a meeting of Cardiff Cycle City on Wednesday: “If there’s a city that can make cycling work, it’s Cardiff.”
Speaking at the Ride My Bike Café on the Welsh capital’s Park Place, he revealed that South Wales Police plans to run a close pass operation during the spring, reports Wales Online.
Adding that he aims to “create a space where people can enjoy their cycling” in Cardiff, he also said that the force is using bikes equipped with GPS trackers in a bid to thwart bike thieves.
Chief Inspector Ian Randall told the meeting that efforts to reduce cycle theft were already bearing fruit.
“During October, we were averaging 50 thefts a month. Last year, we had 580 thefts. Now we’re averaging 30 a month in November and December.
“There was a small spike in January but we’re on track for February.”