Every 30 seconds, a bike is stolen in the US. Bicycle theft is a problem. In order to help address this issue, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has partnered with Portland-based company Project 529 to promote bicycle registration through our Bike Commute Challenge. Developed jointly with law enforcement, Project 529’s bicycle registration service not only captures your bike’s information, it also works to deter theft, help respond if a bike is stolen, and aids in recovery. And, when registering for the Bike Commute Challenge, if you donate $10 or more you get a complimentary bike registration kit and bike theft shield from Project 529.
How exactly does Project 529’s bicycle registration work?
Register: To register, download the 529 Garage app (from the iTunes Store or Google Play) or go to their website at www.project529.com. Once there, follow the prompts to capture the detailed photos and key information about your bike to aid in recovery. As an extra deterrent, the bike registration kit you receive–when you donate $10 or more when registering for the Bike Commute Challenge–also includes a tamper-proof, weather-resistant shield to apply to your bike as an added identifying feature and warning to would-be thieves that your bike is registered.
Respond: If your bike is stolen, press the ALERT button in the 529 Garage app. You will be prompted to answer a few quick questions before everyone in the nearby 529 community is notified of the theft. The 529 Garage also helps produce high quality posters you can print out in just a couple of clicks.
Recovery: When your bike is recovered, you will have all of the necessary information in one place to prove ownership and reclaim your bike.
Get your bike and yourself registered today!