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This article was published in 2001, in Newsletter 38.

Cambridge police recover over 1000 bicycles every year, but many of these are never claimed. If you’ve lost your bike you can now look for it on-line by going to http://www.cambs.police.uk and choosing ‘Recovered Cycles’ from the quick-locator. This is updated weekly with photographs of selected bikes recovered within the last 42 days. After that time, bikes are auctioned or scrapped.

The next Police auction of recovered bikes will be in Saturday 6 October, at the Scout Hut, in Stanesfield Road, Whitehill Estate, Cambridge. Viewing starts at 9 am. For more information phone (01354) 688197.

Last year the County Council launched its Bicycle Safe Hire Scheme, following concerns over safety standards of hire bikes. Cambridgeshire Trading Standards Officers have completed a survey of hire bikes in Cambridge which shows a dramatic improvement in the safety of cycles. Almost 50% of the 314 hire bikes examined at language schools were fault free, compared with only 24% in 1999. Problems with brakes had dropped by 60%. http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/sub/tsd/conleaf/bikehire.htm

This year’s Home Farm Trust Sponsored Bike Ride will be on Sunday 14 October. There are two routes, of 20 or 50 mile rides, both leaving from Orford House, near Stansted Mountfichet, Bishops Stortford. For information, phone (01525) 379830 e-mail seftihiou@hft.org.uk

The clocks change on Sunday 28 October. Don’t forget your bike lights on the Monday.

Would you like there to be a Cycling Campaign Christmas Gathering this year? If you think so, or have any suggestions for venue or type of event, we’d like to hear from you.

Clare Macrae

Cambridge cyclists deserve better bike parking than that made from bent galvanised scaffolding tubes. Around the Guildhall, the world’s biggest ever cycle parking experiment is quietly under way. In May the old wheel benders in that area were ripped out and replaced with eight different types of cycle rack. The new cycle parking is thought to reduce cycle theft by making it easier to lock a bike properly, and was reported in Newsletter 35. Evaluation of these racks continues with the cycle parking survey enclosed with this copy of the newsletter, or available on the Web. Please fill it in.

Simon Nuttall