• There's Still Hope Even if Your Bike Has Been Stolen

    by Scott

    Let’s face it, bike thefts happen. No matter how solid the anti-theft measures you use to guard your bike are (cable, u-lock, tying a rabid pit-bull to your frame, etc.) they can still be counteracted or defeated. But luckily there are a number of resources that riders can take to protect their bike prior to a theft, and for getting them back if they are stolen.

    The first is the Safe Bikes registration program, where San Francisco cyclists can register their bikes with serial numbers, receipts, identifying photos, and so on to aid them in recovering their bike in the event that their bikes are stolen. This makes it easier for police to return recovered bikes with their rightful owners, and is well worth the few minutes it takes to register a bike with the site. The program is being offered by Safe Bikes, which also offers other events like workshops on bike theft prevention.

    Another resource is Racklove, an online community that is doing its part to end bike theft. It does this in two ways, first by offering a marketplace where people can sell verified bikes (meaning bikes with proof of ownership) in order to put a stop to sales of stolen bikes. It also has a stolen bike finder feature that will comb classified ads for bikes matching your description in the hopes of finding your bike. This goes a long way towards making it harder for thieves to sell your bike without being discovered.

    So hopefully your ride will never get stolen, but if it is there’s still hope. If you’ve registered your bike through Safe Bikes ahead of time it may get returned to you, and if you use Racklove you can potentially find who’s trying to fence it and maybe get it back. Links to the sites are below, and let us know in the comments if you know of any similar resources for cyclists. We’re still plugging away in the aim of getting NoJack up on Kickstarter soon, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed!

    http://safebikes.org/

    https://racklove.com/

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    A photo from the top of the Ridge Trail at San Bruno Mountain State Park