Bexleyheath unveil their wheelie good idea - Bike Safety Day!

With a firm focus on keeping fit, healthy and undertaking more journeys by bike, Bexleyheath BID launched their first Bike Safety Day. The event, that took place on Tuesday 30th May, was created to make it easier for residents to keep their bike in great working order and to protect their bikes from the risk of theft.
The free bike safety event was open to all bike enthusiasts, regardless of age or proficiency – and there really was something for everyone involved,
Over 180 bikes were marked and registered to make it easier to track the cycle and return it to its owner if stolen. While bike marking is a great way of getting a bike back following a theft, it also acts as a deterrent to those who may try to steal a cycle from the town centre.
Bexleyheath BID was delighted to welcome their partners' - Whites Cycles, Bexley Bikes and Wheelies – who undertook free bike safety health checks to make sure that residents’ bikes were in good working order. The partners checked tyres for wear and tear as well as ensuring that the brake pads were sufficient and that the bike’s braking system was working effectively.
On a more serious safety note, resident cyclists were able to undertake the 'Swapping Places' experience. This activity allowed viewers to focus on the differing perspectives of various road users, including the lorry driver from our Cycle Safety Team and a bus driver in a double decker bus, supplied by our local Safer Transport Team and TFL.
As healthy living comprises a huge part of making the move to two wheels, there was a delicious and healthy treat to be enjoyed – if you were prepared to put the pedal power in! The Bexleyheath BID Town Centre Team brought along a smoothie bike which allowed users to pedal their way to a smoothie which is blended by bike!

Town centre manager Tony Garratt commented “With cycles being prominent for some anti-social behaviour issues in the Borough in recent times, it was great to see all stakeholders taking a pro-active approach to ensure safety for all. Furthermore, to be able to hold such a successful event in the main transport hub was essential to its success, and I would like to thank all for their commitment to this inaugural event.”

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Notes to editor: If you would like to know more about Bexleyheath BID, contact Graham May, via or visit the Bexleyheath BID website,

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