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RCMP register 1,000th bike

Conway Fisher with his Trek mountain bike was the lucky 1000th registrant in the RCMP's bike registry program. RCMP photo
Conway Fisher with his Trek mountain bike was the lucky 1000th registrant in the RCMP’s bike registry program. RCMP photo

Members and volunteers with the Prince George RCMP surpassed a significant milestone in the effort to end bike theft in the Prince George area.

The registration team registered the 1000th bike onto the 529 Garage anti-bike theft app since the program was launched in Prince George in late June 2016.  The team has attended dozens of events all over the city in order to reach this goal.

Local rider Conway Fisher with his Trek mountain bike was the lucky 1000th registrant.  Conway went out to Otway for a ride on Saturday and was eager to do his part to protect his new bike and help end bike theft in the community.  Conway will receive a small gift from the registration team.

So far in 2017 the team has registered over 400 bikes in our community, with 100 of them coming this past weekend.  The Prince George RCMP hope to register 2,000 bikes in Prince George before the snow flies this fall.

If protecting your bike isn’t motivation enough to get registered, the Prince George RCMP will be raffling off a 2017 Norco Storm mountain bike graciously donated by Cycle World and Norco.  Bike owners get one entry for each bike they register at one of the registration events this spring and summer.  Draw date will be the end of September 2017.

The Bike Registration Crew will be out at the following locations for the rest of Bike to School and Work Week.  Register your bike for FREE and help #EndBikeTheft at one of these locations:

Tuesday May 30     6:45 AM 9:15 AM Ave Maria, 1638 20th Avenue (Bike to Work Week event)
3:45 PM 6:00 PM Ruckus Ski, Board & Bike, 3110 15th Avenue (Bike to Work Week event)
Wednesday May 31     6:45 AM 9:15 AM Koops Bike Shop, 1659 Nicholson Street (Bike to Work Week event)
6:00 PM 8:00 PM BMX Track, Carrie Jane Gray Park
Saturday June 3    10:00 AM 2:00 PM Canadian Tire store, 5008 Domano Boulevard (Supporting Jump Start Day)

Updated list of event dates, times and locations will be posted on the RCMP website at www.princegeorge.rcmp.ca.  Click the Bike Theft Prevention Program link.

The free registration process takes about five minutes and includes essential information such as the ownership details, serial number and photos of the bicycle.

About Project 529

Founded in 2013, Project 529 is a diverse team of software professionals that believes that technology can enhance the cycling experience.  Following the Canadian launch in October 2015, the 529 campaign has spread rapidly across BC agencies, schools and bike shops. The 529 Garage is an anti-bike theft platform that brings law enforcement and the cycling community together to attack this problem via a smartphone application and cloud services. The system allows cyclists, shops and organizations to register bicycles in under five minutes. If a bicycle is stolen, the victim can alert the local cycling community and law enforcement with just a few taps from their smartphone. The system also gives law enforcement modern tools to locate owners, communicate with victims and cooperate with partner agencies across North America.

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