A serial number is the most reliable method for proving ownership. It helps police to identify a stolen bike and is the most reliable way for charging someone with theft. However, the serial number on a bike is useless unless assigned to an owner.
Bike Registration is a method to identify the owner of a bike based on its serial number.
Registering your bike is also simple, easy, and free.
For more information, see the bike theft frequently asked questions:
Note: The city does not manage any bike registration database. You will be registering with our private partners Project 529 or Bike Index. Project 529 even has a user-friendly app that makes it even easier to register!
This is a HUGELY successful model and has returned many bikes to owners!