Preston’s city centre has been brightened up with the appearance of fluorescent painted bicycles.
While the colourful bikes have attracted some amusement from shoppers, workers and visitors, the stunt is aiming to give cyclists a serious message to prevent their bikes from thieves operating in the city centre. They have been fastened to various cycle racks across the city with high quality locks, accompanied by notices giving cyclists details of how to prevent crime.
The project was launched by Lancashire Police and the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC).
Operation Spoke has been set up to address the issue of bicycle theft in and around Preston. Jimmy Armfield, LANPAC Chairman said “We at LANPAC recognise the problem with bicycle theft and are happy to support this project”
PCSO Stephen Connolly of Preston Police added: “This is one part of Operation Spoke, similar projects have been done elsewhere in the country and it has had some positive results. Cycle theft has become more and more prevalent over the past few years, many of the bicycles stolen are either left unlocked or with poor quality locks.”
Police advise cyclists to never leave bikes unlocked and to try to leave them in well-lit areas with CCTV.