Transport & Parking

A better lock could save your bike

Students and staff travelling to University by bike are being urged to be vigilant when it comes to locking up their bikes.

"What we’re finding is that the majority of bikes being stolen are locked but they are either not locked properly or the locks just aren’t good enough." says PC Carol Menzies, Neighbourhood Area Crime Prevention Officer for Lothian and Borders Police.

Staff and student cyclists are being advised to check their current locks and ensure they are secure enough to prevent this from happening.

"We would encourage cyclists to invest in a high quality Gold Level Sold Secure D lock to prevent these crimes from occurring."

Cyclists will be able to purchase these locks at reduced cost this month at Cycle Roadshows taking place across the campus.

Cycle roadshows

"The University is committed to supporting and encouraging our staff and students to cycle." says Emma Crowther, the University's Transport & Parking Manager.

"We know that bike security is a concern for cyclists and that there is a wide range of bike locks of varying quality available to purchase. Gold Level Sold Secure D-locks offer the highest level of security and are a good investment against minimizing the chances of theft. Being able to purchase a high quality lock for less than a quarter of its recommended retail price is a great way for us to support our cyclists."

The Cycle Roadshows will run in partnership with Lothian and Borders Police, and the Bike Station. As well as being able to purchase secure locks, cyclists will have the opportunity to get their bikes security marked by the police as well as get their bikes checked by Dr Bike.

"Cycle roadshows are a great way for us to speak to our cyclists, address their concerns and provide them with the information they need to minimize the chance of them becoming victims of crime." says Adam Conn, Chief Security Officer.

"This is a great opportunity for cyclists and I would urge them to take it up."

When and where

The cycle roadshows take place across the Univeristy during March. Staff will be able to buy a high quality Sold Secure Gold Level bicycle lock for £10, instead of usual retail price of about £45.

King's Buildings House
12-2pm, Thursday 7 March
Potterrow (Visitor's Centre)
12-2pm, Thursday 14 March
Edinburgh College of Art
12-2pm, Tuesday 26 March

The sale of bicycle locks will be strictly limited to 1 per member of University staff or student. Your matriculation or staff card must be shown in order to make the purchase. There is a limited supply of locks.