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Putting the Brakes on Bike Theft

Over the last decade city cycling has increased year on year. Increases in cycle use have also brought us increases in cycle theft, the greatest deterrent to cycling after fears about road safety. However, in recent years a multi-agency address to this problem has helped catalyse a secure cycling revolution. Figures from Transport for London for the period 2005 to 2008 show cycling increasing and cycle theft decreasing for the first time this century helping to make our cities safer, healthier, cleaner and quieter places to live.

Cycle HoopThe "Putting the Brakes on Bike Theft" exhibition showcases new bike parking design that makes life easier for cyclists and harder for bike thieves.

It also introduces Bikeoff.org’s free online design resource, which aims to help architects to “get smart quick” about bike theft and innovate secure cycling infrastructure for our cities.

A couple of exhibits to give you a flavour of what's on offer include the Cyclehoop by Anthony Lau. The Cyclehoop can be fixed to public signposts to add well positioned locking points for wheels and frame. It was the winning entry of the "Reinventing the Bike Shed" competition of 2006.

cycle mirrorAnd then there is the Cyclist’s Mirror by Hyuh Jin Lee. The Cyclist’s Mirror adds cycle storage functionality to the hallway mirror, enabling you to see yourself as a cyclist. It brings cycle storage into the home where the bicycle is more secure than when parked on the street.

Runs until 30 January 2009 at New London Architecture.

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