Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart TD, has today written to Minister Shane Ross calling for the immediate establishment of a new national bike register, which would allow cyclists to register their bike with an Garda Siochana.
This is an effective anti-theft measure and following recent violent attacks, Deputy Lahart feels the register would be an effective measure.
Deputy Lahart said: “In recent days, we have heard from a number of people who have been violently attacked and robbed by bike thieves. 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.”
Almost 4,000 bikes were stolen in Dublin in 2018.
“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,’ concluded Deputy Lahart.