Local TD calls for new national bike register following recent attacks

by Padraig Conlon
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A local representative has proposed a new approach to eradicate the scourge of bicycle theft in Dublin.

According to the most recent figures 3,929 bicycles were reported stolen in Dublin in 2018, and of those only 286 were recovered. 

Fianna Fail Dublin South West TD and party Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart, has written to Minister Shane Ross this week calling for the immediate establishment of a new national bike register, which would allow cyclists to register their bike with an Garda Siochana.

Deputy Lahart believes this would be an effective anti-theft measure and following recent violent attacks, that the register could act as a successful deterrent.

In recent days, we have heard from a number of people who have been violently attacked and robbed by bike thieves,” Deputy Lahart said.

“This is increasingly prevalent along Dublin’s canal, a popular cycling route with commuters.

“One man shared his story of being attacked by a gang of youths with metal rods, before they stole his e-bike. This must have been a terrifying experience, and not one which any person should face on their way into or out of work.”

“With the rise of e-bikes, which tend to have a higher resale value than conventional bikes, this trend is unlikely to reverse, unless strong action is taken.

“In addition to a stronger police presence on the ground, we need measures that are specifically targeted at cracking down on bike thefts.

“Bike registers are already in place in several cities and countries around the world, and they seem to have an important deterrent effect.

“The reality is that cycling is an important mode of transport, and the Minister of Transport needs to be more invested in keeping cyclists safe,’ Deputy Lahart concluded.

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