electrical bike ‘I solely cycled it for quarter-hour’ – Edinburgh lady’s model new £800 bike stolen from exterior work after spate of motorcycle thefts exterior Granton PureGym
Carolyn Embleton had solely cycled her new £800 bike for quarter-hour earlier than leaving work in Trinity Highway on Monday afternoon to find the heavy responsibility lock had been reduce free from a fence.
It was the primary new bike she had purchased in 25 years and arrived from Germany on Friday and has a mint inexperienced colored body with the identify Canyon written on it.
Carolyn, an workplace supervisor for the Edinburgh choir Sing within the Metropolis, stated: “I couldn’t consider it. My husband really stated to me, ‘are you going to take that inside (your work)?’ and despatched me a textual content to ask if the bike was nonetheless there. I left the bike locked up on the fence and it wasn’t there after I got here out.
“It appears we’ve received the non permanent bike lanes going in every single place to maximise the very fact everyone seems to be getting a bit extra cell throughout lockdown, however there will not be sufficient secure locations to depart issues. The infrastructure isn’t there. I’ve even heard of individuals taking bikes from inside safe blocks of flats.”
The 46-year-old, who lives in Craigleith Hill Crescent, stated she had at all times locked her final bike exterior work for the previous 5 years and by no means had any points.
The newest theft emerged after three bikes had been stolen from a motorcycle rack exterior the PureGym in Granton on Sunday afternoon.
Police confirmed that they had acquired two stories of motorcycle thefts exterior the health club, together with one report the place two bikes had been taken at round 4:30pm.
A minimum of two of the bikes had been locked to a motorcycle rack and included a shiny orange and gray mountain bike with the model identify Voodoo. The opposite was a purple and white mountain bike with the model identify Trek.
A PureGym spokesperson stated: “On Sunday 13 September 2020 at round 4.30pm, two PureGym members alerted workers to the theft of their bikes exterior the Edinburgh Waterfront PureGym.
“The workers suggested the members to contact the police, because the bike racks will not be offered by PureGym. PureGym will help the police investigation wherever attainable, together with offering our CCTV footage to the police.”
Bike thefts have been a recurring difficulty all through the lockdown interval in Edinburgh.
Cycle campaigners have beforehand known as for it to be obligatory that NHS Lothian and Edinburgh College present safe, secure bike parking for workers who journey to work by bike.