City of Spokane launches new tool to help return stolen bikes to owners
SPOKANE, Wash. — As part of Bike to Work Week 2015, the City of Spokane is launching free bike registration aimed to help return stolen bicycles to their rightful owners.
Bike owners can register their bikes at SpokaneBikeID.org. During the registration, owners are asked to enter contact information and the serial number and description of the bicycle, and can also upload a picture of it via smart phone, tablet, or computer. Those without a computer or internet access can register their bikes at neighborhood Spokane C.O.P.S. shops.
“The program will benefit the citizens of Spokane and help law enforcement to curb bicycle theft and increase return rates,” said Councilmember Mike Allen, who first approached City staff with the concept.
While Spokane Police recover many bikes each year, getting them back to their owners is often difficult. The citywide bike registration database is designed to make returning stolen bikes to their rightful owners a much easier process.
The SpokaneBikeID tool will be managed by My Spokane staff in partnership with the Spokane Police Department.