Chain-cutting thieves steal politician’s bike
30 August, 2019 — By Emily Finch
Caroline Russell with the bike which was stolen
ISLINGTON Council’s only Green Party councillor had her electric bike stolen from outside of her Highbury home on Monday night.
Caroline Russell not only commutes by electric bike to various meetings in the borough but also to City Hall in Southwark where she has serves as an assembly member.
“It was sadly stolen while locked to railings outside my house,” said Cllr Russell, who represents Highbury East ward.
“I usually bring it in at night but was tired and forgot about it. The chain was cut,” she added.
The councillor – who received 45 per cent of the votes in her ward – said she only started to use the electric Gazelle brand bike last year after riding the same bike since 1985.
She said: “After more than 30 years riding around on dropped handle bars it was a joy last year to start riding sitting up. Being on a Dutch-style bike felt like sailing through London.”
The bike, which costs around £2,000 brand new, cannot be freed without a key and needs to be charged every few days.
Cllr Russell, who regularly promotes green modes of travel during council meetings, said cycling was “the best way to get around”.
She added: “It’s definitely quicker than public transport and great to build exercise into everyday journeys.”
But Cllr Russell warned that there “seems to be an epidemic of thefts” and said that a friend’s electric bike had been stolen on the same night that hers went missing.