#EndBikeTheft: Our Action Plan

registering bikes at block watch in vancouver

Photo: 529 Garage

 

We'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. 

Week 2 update: we're already at $5,000 raised! Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

 

As in past years, we’re teaming up with CultureLink Settlement and Community Services to be able to issue tax receipts to anyone who makes a donation, so head over to their Canada Helps page make a donation that will support our work to end bike theft. 

Donate now though our partner CultureLink's Canada Helps page; select FUND 2 - Cycling Program - Street Smarts Educational Activities. You'll even receive a charitable tax receipt!

 

Here’s is our detailed, three-step action plan.

1. Deploy

We’ll work with the Toronto Police Service and the City of Toronto to integrate 529 Garage as Toronto’s default bicycle registry  based on a successful model implemented in the Greater Vancouver Area. 529 Garage acquired the National Bicycle Registry last year, which makes it a potent force in cutting an international web of theft. We’ll continue to build and enhance partnerships with bike shops, riding clubs and community organizations to extend impact. We’re confident that this model will transform the registry and recovery process: the registration process is streamlined (users need only provide their name and email), allows bikes to be recognized faster (by allowing users to upload a photo), and fuses community policing with tech solutions. The 529 Garage shields act as a deterrent for thieves and immediately let police know a recovered bike is in the system.

2. Educate

Starting this spring, we’ll build out our Street Smarts education to include strategies and tools to prevent bike theft, including selecting the right lock, locking techniques, and community bike parking audits. In 2018 alone alone we delivered 65 safe cycling and bike maintenance workshops. We see a big opportunity to build bike theft prevention messaging into all our workshops; your support will enable us to deliver workshops across the city in 2019.

3. Engage 

Throughout our busy outreach season, we’ll recruit and train coordinators and hundreds of volunteers who will help us engage people across Toronto about 529 Garage at our outreach events. We will help people register their bikes using the app, install shields on bicycles, and provide information on how to fight bike theft with every Toronto Cyclists Handbook we distribute. We’ll also draw on our connections to various communities to spread the word and make sure bike theft is an issue being talked about in the media.

If we can pull together broad community support, the Toronto Police, and the City of Toronto, we hope to be able to reduce theft by at least 20%, and increase recovery rates to over 1% within the first year.

You can help make this all happen.

 

We need your support to double down on outreach and education to implement 529 Garage and get the word out.

As in past years, we’re teaming up with CultureLink Settlement and Community Services to be able to issue tax receipts to anyone who makes a donation, so head over to their Canada Helps page make a donation that will support our work to end bike theft. 

Donate now though our partner CultureLink's Canada Helps page; select FUND 2 - Cycling Program - Street Smarts Educational Activities (see below). You'll even receive a charitable tax receipt!

To donate by cheque or money order:

Make out a cheque or money order payable to "CultureLink Settlement Services" and include a note that it is for the "Cycling Program – Street Smarts Educational Activities".

Ensure you include details of the individual to whom the tax receipt should be made out, including a mailing address.

Mail your cheque or money order to:

Cycling Program
CultureLink Settlement Services
2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301
Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

About CultureLink:

Our partnership with CultureLink Settlement & Community Services makes this all possible. As a registered charity that reached over 25,000 individuals with engaging and innovative programs in 2017-2018, we’re proud to work with them to deliver cycling education and programming.