WITH more than 1,000 bicycles estimated to have been stolen in Kildare between 2016 and 2018, the Council took a small step last week (14 October) towards making this more difficult by installing the first bike lockers in the county in Abbey Street car park in Naas.
This was welcomed by Cllr Anne Breen at this month’s Naas Municipal District meeting as she put down a motion seeking further funds for extending the scheme throughout the county.
“Maybe in Hederman’s car park, or at Sallins Railway Station,” she suggested.
District Mayor Carmel Kelly complimented Cllr Breen on the timing of her motion as “they were just officially launched yesterday”, and that the Council was already “looking at expanding the scheme”.
In order to provide a more secure place for people to lock and store their bicycles, Kildare County Council has installed a ‘Cyc-Lok’ system, a secure bicycle locker scheme that rail commuters who travel through Heuston will be very familiar with.
The 12-unit installation will provide cyclists with a more secure locking area for their bicycles, and will also compliment the gardaí’s “Lock It or Lose It” campaign in a bid to improve general security of bicycles.
The Lockers are provided by Cyc-Lok, following a successful tender process, and users can book for a short or extended term by using the ‘Cyc-Lok’ app.
“Funding for the project was provided by the NTA, and the system just became operational this week,” said a Mairead Hunt for the Council.
“The units will be monitored over the next few months to assess the uptake of the project,” she added.
The project was led by Diarmuid O’ Donohue, Executive Engineer at Kildare County Council who put a lot of work and time in sourcing a secure and safe bicycle locker unit for Naas.
“Having the secure lockers can also greatly reduce the number of bicycles which are being locked to street furniture, poles or lampposts along footpaths or streets, all of which cause accessibility issues for able-bodied and disabled persons,” he reasonably pointed out.
The units based at Abbey Street are alarmed and monitored, and Anyone interested in using the service should sign-up on the app by visiting www.cyc-lok.ie
Around €2 million worth of bikes have been reported stolen in Ireland from January 2016 to June 2018, and the CSO estimates that the true number of stolen bikes is often three times what is reported to gardaí.
Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway accounted for 83% of all bicycle theft nationally, while County Kildare was fifth on the table with 368 bicycles reported stolen in that period.