Cycling campaign chief has bike robbed - while meeting council about bike thefts
A member of the Dublin Cycling Campaign who was surveying bike thefts had his own bike stolen while meeting with Dublin City Council about the issue.
David Timoney conducted a survey on thefts of bikes in Dublin for the group.
Speaking about the results on today's 'Morning Ireland' programme on RTE Radio One, he urged cyclists to invest in good locks.
"The single biggest change that can be made is that people use better locks.
"We found that 10pc of people didn't lock their bikes at all and a further 45pc used cable locks. Now I know from my own painful experience, cable locks aren't adequate in Dublin.
"I mean this time last year I had a €800 mountain bike taken in Temple Bar. I was using a cable lock. I was actually in a meeting with somebody from the [Dublin] City Council on the subject of bike theft at time.
"It's a lesson I haven't forgotten so the single thing people can do is buy good locks," he said.
Bike locks are divided into three different categories - bronze, silver and gold. David is urging cyclists to at least use locks of a silver grade when in Dublin.
The survey also threw up a number of theft 'hot spots' around Dublin.
"The hotspots are Trinity College, George's Street, the top of Grafton Street near Stephen's Green centre, Parnell Street and Rathmines Road. They're the biggest areas for theft," David told the RTE programme.
And almost as many bikes are taken from people's homes and car parks as they are from the streets, the survey showed.
"We thought streets would have been the most vulnerable areas but that didn't turn out to be the case."
And if bikes are recovered, it is difficult at times to trace them back to their legitimate owner.
"There are many reasons why people don't get their bikes back.
"Often the people don't have the details [of their bike] to report to guards. It's very difficult for guards to reunite bikes with their owners," he added.
The survey found that one-in-six people who had their bike stolen do not return to cycling.
And some 26pc of those reduce their cycling habits as a result.