In an effort to track stolen bicycles that are recovered, the City has announced a new Bicycle Registration Program. Bicycles that are registered have a much greater chance of being returned to you if they are lost or stolen and then recovered. Bicycles that are not registered have a limited chance of being returned to you if they are recovered.
There are many reasons why it’s important to register your bicycle:
- Bicycle Identification. If a bike is stolen from the street, a car or home, the owner needs the serial number to report the theft to the police. Most people don't keep this number handy. However, when a bicycle is registered the police can recall information quickly from the computer. The registration records are cross-referenced by name as well as by serial number and registration number.
- Recovered Bikes Returned to Owners. Registering your bike greatly increases the likelihood it will be returned to you if recovered. Bicycles that are registered have a much greater chance of being returned to you if they are lost or stolen and then recovered; bicycles that are not registered have a limited chance of being returned to you if they are recovered.
- Identification of Rider. Bicycle Registration also aids in the identification of the bicycle owner in case of a crash. Many bicyclists don't carry identification with them - this is especially true for children. Most children do not carry identification. What would happen if a child is involved in a bike crash? It could take hours for emergency personnel to make positive identification and contact a parent. If a child's bicycle is registered, the parent would be contacted quickly.
- Registration Helps With Planning. Bicycle Registration also provides valuable data to City planners, which helps in the design of facilities and educational programs aimed at making bicycling safer.
You can register their bicycles online or by calling 311. You simply need to provide your contact information, bike serial number (located on bottom of crank shaft or on the fork supporting the handle bars), and other basic bicycle information. You only need to register once (not annually like some programs) unless you need to update contact information or bicycle details, in which case you would need to re-register their bicycle.
Last updated Jun. 3, 2013