Inside an ex-Microsoft wunderkind's Canadian crusade to save your bike"We need less congestion. We need less obesity. We need better mental health. We need more moments to slow down. We need sparks of joy from our childhood.”
Hugs and smiles all around after stolen bike recoveredThis a great story with an even better ending. Were not sure who was happier; Cst. Long or Cameryn. Either way, it was a win-win for both and another reminder of the importance of taking 5 minutes out of your day and registering your bikes at Project 529, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
Vancouver police uncover massive bike theft ring near Oppenheimer ParkThe volume of bikes, along with the coordinated effort to steal and store them, points to the work of an organized bike theft group, though Roed wouldn’t comment on that possibility.
Bicycles are becoming a form of currency as thefts continue to rise: RCMPRCMP continue to partner with the app Project 529 in Penticton as well as in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon. The app is billed as a "community watch" for your bike and registration, which is free, can be done from a smartphone.
Every 30 Seconds, One Bike Is Stolen. Here’s How to Fight BackSo it’s not necessarily the fault of police departments, as Allard said many assume. Instead, it’s hard to reunite bikes with their proper owners largely because people don’t know their serial number, don’t register their bike, and don’t report the theft to police.
Bicycle theft surpasses 2 million a year in the USACycling advocacy and registration programme 529 has worked in tandem with police, universities and bike shops to create a database from which it has reached these figures. The database, founded by former Microsoft executive J Allard, is said to be the largest of its kind in the world.
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP launch bike theft prevention program“In the event a bike is stolen, 529 Garage assists police in efficiently returning stolen bikes to their rightful owners, consequently saving thousands of dollars in police resources and loss of product for B.C. citizens. The program can be accessed online and through a smartphone application.”
529 Garage bike registry program gets new sponsor and more retailers where shield is available“The response to the registry has been amazing,” said Project Coordinator Sergeant Art Wong. “We are delighted to have Safer Roads Ottawa on board; they have been a valued partner with Ottawa Police on multiple projects.”
Ottawa police launch app to help people register bikes and report bike theft“It’s a great way to connect with Ottawa’s cycling community and it encourages us to look out for each other. It’s also an effective way to help the police recover your bike quickly.”
Time to broaden the search for bike-theft solutionsIn actual fact, the city’s bike registry is really more of a good idea trapped inside bad execution. The registry is neither popular nor effective and does not get at the heart of the issue. In other words, it does not serve as a deterrent to the tidal wave of bike thefts occurring in this community.
Delight as Kelowna man's trike is returned thanks to intervention from member of the public“It was great to see that the man who took it was willing to give up the bike. Some criminals still have a heart, I guess.”
Project 529, Nice wheels.Vancouver bike theft is now down an impressive 30 per cent. The program has ballooned to 35 municipalities and more than 100 bicycle shops throughout British Columbia; thefts have dropped a staggering 55 per cent in Whistler and 30 per cent in Richmond in the last year alone. Local bike registration has exceeded 70,000, and the database holds more than 800,000 searchable bikes worldwide.
#EndBikeTheft: Our Action PlanWe're gearing up to tackle a serious problem in 2019. Recovery rates of stolen bikes are abysmal. We hear time and time again that theft is preventing people from riding. The current system isn’t working.
529 Garage App Now Has the Largest Number of Registered Bikes in the WorldThe app 529 Garage, which debuted nearly three years ago as a joint pilot project by Vancouver police and avid cyclist and former Xbox developer J Allard to combat bike crime, has now become the world’s largest bicycle registration program with more than 800,000 searchable bikes.
Bike registered in Prince George, stolen in Penticton, found in VancouverCount Remko Schrik among the believers in 529 Garage. Fast forward to a bit more than a year later and Schrik was visiting his wife's parents in Penticton when they became the victims of a heist on par with something an international jewel thief would pull off.
Project 529 helps return almost one stolen bike a day in VancouverLuckily, Schrik registered his bike with Project 529. The Vancouver-based program is the largest of its kind in the world with a registry of 800,000 searchable bikes across the globe.
Bike theft reports in Vancouver down 30 per cent in last three years. Police credit online bike registration system Project 529“Vancouver is recognized as a world leader in targeting bike crime,” William Moose, consultant for the World Bank, said in a press release. “The World bank looked into Vancouver when researching the global best practices in fighting bike theft and used the services of one of VPD’s own and 529 to advise the City of Bogota on its bicycle security strategy.”
App that slashed Vancouver bike thefts becomes a model for the worldThe world of organized bike crime stretches from small-scale to large-scale, Chow said, noting some thieves use bicycles to commit other crimes, others may sell off bike parts, while organized groups may move costly bikes across borders.
Project 529 helps position Vancouver as world leader in fighting bike theft“Can you believe it?” Brunt said. “A street cop from Vancouver and an Xbox inventor have become the experts on bike thefts.”
Bait Bikes Deployed in RichmondProject 529 is fast becoming the best way to register your bike and utilize technology to assist in its recovery should it ever become stolen.
Granville Island Sees Massive drop in bike Thefts“We are pleased that our teamwork has had such a positive effect on the Granville Island experience for our bike-riding visitors,” said Granville Island spokesperson Scott Fraser. “Our results have shown that by working together, we can make truly impactful positive change in our community.”
Bike Thefts Down 30 per cent as Project 529 Reaches 22,000 Registrations in Vancouver“I got the bike back within a week because they had all this information online,” Connell said. “It was … unreal. It was beyond belief.”
'Bike theft is not inevitable': Vancouver rolls out a cycle crime revolution“Cycling needs to be convenient, and there will always be some risk of theft, but what’s encouraging is they have demonstrated some very clear steps in reducing bike thefts,” Jane says. “This shows that theft is not inevitable in a bike-friendly city.”
Anti-Bike Theft Program Returns to Prince George“In the last year, the stats have gone down and we think it’s because of a large part of this program. The previous four-five years it was going up steadily. Bike theft has been taking off and unfortunately, it doesn’t get as much attention as serious crimes.”
Bike theft in Vancouver drops 30% thanks to new app. Will other Canadian cities catch on?“I came running back to Vancouver with the idea,” Brunt said. “Then in October 2015, we launched the app. We had a goal to register 10,000 bikes in three years. I thought that was brave and we would not come close.”
The app helping BC police recover stolen bikes"The system is far superior to what we use in our basic police databank, it's an awesome tool for us."
Nanaimo RCMP promote registration with 529 Garage during Bike to Work and School Week“529 Garage provides the public an avenue to participate in helping police reunite bikes with their owners. It is critical that people record details and take photos of their bikes so they have all the information in the event it does get stolen.”
The Ultimate Guide to Ensuring That Your Bike Never Gets Stolen Again“I estimate the bike-theft economy at a half-billion dollars per year. It’s a systemic problem.”
Bike registry services merge as Project 529 buys National Bike Registry"We're very happy to pass the baton to the team at Project 529 to attack the bicycle theft epidemic," said Eddie Orton, who has sponsored the NBR effort for over two decades. "The passion and capabilities of the team at 529 will be able to take our work to the next level and better serve our customers and partners."
Thieves be warned: Stolen bike recovery service expanding across B.C."When I registered, I was more worried about what would happen if my bike was stolen," Creasy said. "But I think it's a great way to encourage the cycling community to help each other and to get more eyes out there."
David and Goliath: How a Tiny Organization is Taking On the Bike Theft Industry“It’s a simple problem,” said Allard. “The cops aren’t sitting around with a parking lot full of cars going ‘hhmm I wonder whose Accord that is.’ With planes, cars, everything, they know exactly who it belongs to. With bikes, because there’s no compulsory registration, they have no way to get the bikes back to the owners.”
Project 529 Debuts Anti-Bike Theft App at Sea Otter"We started with the idea of preventing bike theft because we wanted to do something that engaged the cycling community and would help solve a real problem. We have a long list of ideas that we want to bring to market, and this is just the first. We know we’re not going to solve theft one hundred percent, and we know that what can be solved won’t be done overnight, so we decided... let’s start now.”
Bike thefts in Vancouver down 30% thanks to Project 529 registry, police say"Today, Vancouver is recognized as the leader in addressing this epidemic, so much so that so that cities across North America are looking to the blueprint that's been established here to bring to their own cities," said Allard.
Meet Project 529: A bike security software startup led by Xbox co-founder J Allard“If a member’s bike goes missing, they simply tap out a few details and everyone in the 529 community within 10 miles gets an instant alert so they can keep an eye out and report a tip back to the victim if they see something. It’s like neighborhood watch that can help catch a thief before they pedal out of the zip code.”
Bicycle security startup Project 529, led by former Xbox exec J Allard, acquires National Bike Registry“We’re very happy to pass the baton to the team at Project 529 to attack the bicycle theft epidemic,” Eddie Orton, who has sponsored the NBR effort for over two decades, said in a statement. “The passion and capabilities of the team at 529 will be able to take our work to the next level and better serve our customers and partners.”
Guelph police launch bike registry program as theft stats show spike"We have a huge problem in terms of bicycle theft in our city," Josh Fraser, public information officer with Guelph Police said. "It's a huge market for resale... a lot of bikes now are high-end."
Granville Island bike thefts Plummet by 70%Granville Island’s Bicycle Valet service parked and monitored over 11,000 bikes between late-June and early-October. Additionally, over 900 bikes were registered with Project 529, a free bike logging service app endorsed by the Vancouver Police Department.
Bike theft on Granville Island reduced dramatically thanks to community efforts“The reduction in bicycle theft over the past two years, and the positive impact our efforts have had on the cycling community,” said Vancouver police constable Rob Brunt, “speak to the success of Granville Island’s program.”
Oceanside RCMP Register Bikes to Deter ThievesIt will take only five minutes and it will help your protect owners’ bicycles from theft. A 529 Garage decal will be provided and will serve as a deterrent against thieves, RCMP say, as they would know the bicycle is listed in a bike registry.
Bike Theft on the Rise in Venice“The arrests we have made are because the bikes were extremely unique, extremely valuable and the victims had pictures and were very vigilant in giving us the information,” Detective Goddard said. “It is really hard to try to recover these bikes if you do not have that information.”
Kamloops Embracing Bike to Work and School Week“[The] 529 Garage program is an app you get for your phone and you put all that good information about your bike into the phone. So your serial number, a photo of your bike… and we also have these little tamperproof shields,”
Bike thefts are down in Kelowna this yearThere have been 115 bikes reported stolen in Kelowna since the start of the calendar year, down 26.8% from the 157 reported stolen in the same period of 2015. “We’d like to see the numbers drop even more,” says Colleen Cornock, the City’s crime prevention supervisor. “It can only work with us continuing to work with the community to keep property safe.”
Bike theft prevention pilot program coming to north campus“Bike theft is an issue that people need to take more seriously, especially as citizens turn to alternate modes of transportation,” said Connie Marciniuk, a community safety liaison with Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, a partnership between the city, Edmonton Police Service, Family Centre and United Way. “Our goal is to create a climate where cyclists feel more confident that their bikes are safe."
Register your bike with app to get it back wheelie fast if stolen“(Having a bicycle stolen) can have a huge impact on someone’s quality of life when it’s your primary mode of transportation. To have it stolen is really impactful.”
VPD Launch Bike Registry Program to Recover Stolen RidesThe VPD say a woman was recently reunited with her stolen bike in Vancouver after 36 hours thanks to the registry.
VPD Throws A Wrench Into the Spokes of Bike Thieves“Our goal is to make Vancouver the most secure city in Canada to ride a bicycle,” says avid cyclist and VPD Deputy Chief Constable Warren Lemcke. “The 529 Garage registry will allow officers to quickly and efficiently recognize a stolen bicycle and get that bike back to its owner."
ABUS partners with Portland’s Project 529Both companies agree that the key first step in bike security is using the proper lock and using it correctly. The understanding that no lock offers 100-percent protection against a well-equipped thief is the basis for the partnership. Project 529 and its 529 Garage platform pick up where ABUS’s locks leave off, by providing easy bicycle registration and crowdsourced recovery assistance in the event of theft.
529 Garage: Crowd-Connected Bike Security for the Modern RiderStolen bike registries have been around since the early days of the Internet (which explains why so many look like they were designed in 1998) but most offer little more than a registration form and reassuring words. The 529 Garage, however, takes the venerable bike database model and gives it a shot of 21st century technology.
““We have been using 529 Garage for the past year here at LAPD Topanga PAL. The format is super simple and their customer support is fantastic. Bikes registered with 529 garage are immediately visible to other law enforcement agencies and registration can be done easily on the 529 Garage phone app.” Greg Archambault, LAPD Topanga PAL
“Project 529 is one of our most popular programs at ODU. Students, faculty, and staff love the ease of registering their bike on their phone or computer. As an admin of the program, it is incredibly useful and efficient to be able to look up bike information for users who are missing their bike. We have also utilized the property room feature to retain information on the abandoned bikes we have collected on campus. We look forward to continuing our partnership with 529 and advocating for others to use it as well! Megan Gribble ODU Department of Transportation & Parking Services
“Since I became a Certified CAN-BIKE Instructor in 2011, I have taught all my participants about the importance of bike security, including the how, where, and when of locking up a bike securely. When I heard about Project 529, I was excited to get involved! Though I don’t have the reach of a bike shop or the ability to reunite stolen bikes with their owners, I’m happy to add one more layer of protection for my course participants (and anyone else who wants it). Everyone is thrilled to get their bike registered and “Shielded” and I have yet to hear of one of my participants whose bike has been stolen so I think that means we’re doing something right. Thank you for an easy to use system which makes the extra layer of protection go on as easy as a bike glove.
Safer Cycling Calgary
“529 Garage has been a fantastic bike registry program that the Brandon Police Service has recently implemented. We have seen a dramatic drop in bike thefts within the City Of Brandon and we have been able to return numerous bikes that we have seized to their rightful owners. The 529 app is a great tool to register bikes quickly and for front line police officers to search for stolen bikes. I highly recommend this registry to any police agency that is looking for an effective tool to combat bike theft.
Cst. Adam Potter
Brandon Police Service
“529 Garage is lightyears ahead of our old Bicycle registration system from the 80's. While still in its infancy with BRPD, we are seeing the benefits in the public. Local bicycle organizations, such as BIKEBR, Frontyard bike, and others have embraced the new registration with open arms. We look to utilize 529 Garage parish (county) wide in the future.
Sgt. Michael Gauthier
“Two of my bikes were stolen out my garage at around 9am in the morning. By noon that afternoon, an officer working the Downtown Eastside, found one of my bikes and alerted me, through Project 529, that it had been found. Really cool as the email that came contained a picture of the officer and the recovered bike. One's emotions go from feeling violated to elation within a single day. From the picture, I knew that he had found it on Hastings Street. Thank you to everyone who made it happen, including Officer (Lee) who found it, and the volunteers helping people register their bikes.
“Biking is a huge part of my life - I depend heavily on my bike to get to work. I was devastated when my bike was stolen in Vancouver. Thanks to the collaboration between Project 529 and the VPD I was able to recover my stolen bike. I am so grateful to live in a city that has implemented this program and recognizes the importance in recovering stolen bikes. Project 529 has helped to cultivate an environment where people are protected from bike theft and are therefore more encouraged to choose cycling.
“The Vancouver Police Department recovers over 2,000 stolen bikes a year. Locating the victims is a significant challenge. Project 529 supports our ability to pursue criminal charges, serves to prevent future thefts and ultimately assists in reuniting victims with their stolen property.
Chief Constable Adam Palmer
Vancouver Police Dept
“Beginning a partnership with 529 Garage has been one of my biggest highlights of the year. From early planning stages to full roll-out here in Ottawa, the team at 529 have been incredible in terms of vision, support, and encouragement. The passion and drive that J, Donna and the team have for this program is second to none and it spreads to everyone they work with. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with our cycling community, the Ottawa Police, and the Ottawa Safety Council to bring this project to life and I look forward to promoting the program as Project 529 continues to grow across Canada. Other cities warned us that this program would be bigger than anticipated, and they were right! The community loves it and bike shops are lining up to be a part of the project. As a daily cyclist living downtown, I want to kudos Project 529 for bringing a simple, easy to use solution to #endbiketheft. So proud to be a part of this team.
Ottawa Safety Council
“After years of spreadsheet based registration records and ugly stickers that never really stuck, we couldn’t have been more excited to partner with Project 529 to bring this easy to use program to our campus community. Our students love being able to use the phone in their pocket to quickly get their bike registered and our admins love being able to quickly find the information on those bikes and their owners when they need them.
“The cost of bicycle theft is bigger than the loss of the bike. It discourages cycling, invites unsavory people to our campus and ultimately hurts our university’s brand. 529 Garage is a welcome addition to the UO campus.
University of Oregon
“Many years working bike theft in Portland has demonstrated the importance of the community tackling this problem together. Registration has always been the weakest link. If we can help cyclists register their bikes effectively, we will crush bike theft.
Portland Police Bureau
“529 Garage is an awesome match for us. It lets us protect our inventory and rental fleet and helps us get customers in the door. But the real win is helping rescue our customers’ bikes.
Union Street Cycle