Bike registry gains West Vancouver police support

Free app to aid in recovery of stolen bicycles

West Vancouver cyclists worried about thieves snatching their spokes can now store their bike in the safety of an online database.

The West Vancouver Police Department recently joined 529 Garage, an app, website and registration system intended to align police, cyclists, universities and bike shops in an effort to weed out theft and recover stolen bikes.

article continues below

The news comes on the heels of the launch of the RCMP’s Get Your Bike Back database, a similar system which allows cyclists to sign up at

While there are currently no plans to work together, there could be future collaboration, according to Project 529 founder J Allard.

“We haven’t been approached by North Vancouver about their system or integration at this point, but we would absolutely work together with them,” he wrote in an email.

Garage 529 will likely reach out to North Vancouver RCMP in late summer or early fall, according to Allard.

“In any event, (North) Vancouver riders would be well served to register with us as stolen bikes often jump postal codes.”

North Van RCMP recovered 228 stolen bikes in 2015, but many weren’t returned because there was no way for police to determine ownership.

The 529 Garage program includes a unique decal for each bike intended to ward off thieves.

The system also allows bike shop proprietors to do a quick search to find out if a bike’s been reported stolen.

The registry includes 5,000 bikes in Vancouver and approximately 50 shops that sell or repair cycles.

Registration with the 529 Garage is free across Canada at


Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The North Shore News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Community Event Calendar

Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.