As bike thefts soar, Gardai have discovered a large quantity of stolen mounts at the back of a house being readied for movement in one batch.
Gardai have found an estimated 70 stolen bikes at the back of a house in Limerick in what they believe was a conspiracy to export shipments of bikes abroad. Read more
Local angle in Limerick Leader
BBC Autos’ David K Gibson picks six of the crowdfunding site’s most promising projects for cyclists. Read more
Two-thirds of bikes get stolen in or around the home. What’s the best way to protect yours when it’s off duty? Read article
Cyclist.ie, the network of the cycling campaigns and bicycle festivals on this Island, makes this Pre-Budget Submission 2016 in an attempt to encourage fresh thinking about the purpose of a taxation system in relation to decreasing the societal impacts and latent costs to the Exchequer from unfettered motorised transport use and unhealthy lifestyles. National Budgets should be striving to support healthier and cost-effective modes of transport with benefits across health, community and the environment sectors. Investment in cycling promotion is one of the most cost-effective actions that any government can make. Full document
Note we are also calling for the bike frame registration number to be recorded on the invoice/receipt for any bicycle purchased from now on under Revenue Bike to Work scheme in order to help combat bike theft
Bicycle theft in Ireland has doubled in Ireland since the introduction of the Bike to Work scheme in 2009. Almost 4,500 bicycle thefts were reported in Dublin in 2013, but the actual number of bike thefts is likely to be in the region of 20,000 in 2013 according to Irish household surveys and international experience[3,4]. The chances of a bike thief being caught is low, with a conviction rate of only 2% or reported thefts. Approximately 230,000 bicycles are imported into Ireland each year. “Bike theft is a low-risk, high-reward crime. If cars were being stolen at this rate there would be uproar.” Says Keith Byrne, Chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign. Continue reading Call for co-ordinated plan to combat soaring bike theft