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Bikeoff Cycle Anti-Theft Scheme in Brighton & Hove

The Bikeoff Cycle Anti-Theft Scheme in Brighton & Hove was a CIVITAS demonstration project delivered by the Bikeoff Initiative of the Design Against Crime Research Centre.

Brighton & Hove suffers from a high number of cycle thefts and initial research shows that cyclists who experience cycle theft are less likely to cycle than those that do not. The ‘Bikeoff’ Cycle Anti-Theft Scheme in Brighton & Hove (CIVITAS Task 5.4) was a CIVITAS demonstration project delivered by the Bikeoff Initiative of the Design Against Crime Research Centre. The demonstration project was described as follows:

“To decrease the rate of stolen bicycles in the city, the project seeks to communicate good cycle locking practice to existing and new cyclists and implement secure cycle parking to facilitate good cycle locking practice. Innovative cycle parking measures in conjunction with a high profile publicity and awareness campaign will be introduced at 10 high-risk sites. The high-risk sites are to be identified.”

The ‘Bikeoff’ anti-theft programme (CIVITAS Task No. 11.5.1) undertook research to support the development and implementation of the demonstration project described above.

The research was delivered in three work packages:

• Review of best practice across Europe and the UK in relation to cycle parking provision;

• Local research to understand local context as regards cycle parking and cycle security and inform the design of the innovative measures to be implemented in the ‘Bikeoff’ Cycle Anti-Theft Scheme in Brighton & Hove (CIVITAS Task 5.4).

• The development of a robust monitoring and evaluation plan by which to evaluate the impact of these measures.

This project was one of many cycle theft prevention project delivered with stakeholders in the UK linked to the Bikeoff Research Initiative of the Design Against Crime Research Centre.