Cyclists are urged to register their bikes with the Met Police at a series of events at Canary Wharf over the coming months.

Cyclists are urged to register their bikes with the Met Police at a series of events at Canary Wharf over the coming months.

Canary Wharf Group plc and the Met Police have teamed up for the ‘Cycle Marking and Registering Initiative.’ It is in response to the large numbers of bicycles recovered by the Police that they are unable to return to their rightful owners, or prosecute the offenders strongly suspected of stealing the bike.

The marking and registration is free, with the next event taking place in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf between 4pm and 8pm on 6 December.

Canary Wharf is a cycling hub, with thousands of commuters taking to the streets on two wheels every day. Significant numbers signing up to the scheme at Canary Wharf will help Met Police fight bike theft and other crime across London.

Richard Kemp CBE, Director of Security at Canary Wharf Group plc says: “Canary Wharf has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, largely thanks to working closely with the Met Police on schemes such as this and our proactive approach to the safety of tenants and visitors on the Canary Wharf estate.”

“Cycling is hugely popular at Canary Wharf and across London, with numbers growing every year. By registering with the scheme, Canary Wharf cyclists obviously give themselves a much better chance of getting their bike back should it ever get stolen.”

PC Allan Robinson from the Metropolitan Police says: “Bicycle registration is a very effective tool for reducing crime and returning recovered personal property to its rightful owners. I urge Canary Wharf cyclists to come down and register their bikes. It’s easy, it’s free, and it will help us deter and catch thieves.”

The Police Cycle Task Team will be marking and registering cycles at Canary Wharf at no cost between 4pm and 8pm. Dates and locations are as follows:

Monday 6th December 2010    –    Montgomery Square

Tuesday 4th January 2011    – Above the steps, Canary Riverside (near Canary Wharf Pier)

Monday 7th February 2011     –    Frobisher passage (under the DLR Bridge)

Monday 7th March 2011     – East side of Canada Square (opposite Waitrose)

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

CWG has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

Canary Wharf Group plc has been named one of the Sunday Times 60 Best Green Companies in Britain for three years running.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Levi Strauss and Charles Tyrwhitt. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 12 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity.

Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. Notes to Editors

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