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Bicycle registry at the time of purchase

Bike registration helps fight bicycle theft in Winnipeg and helps the Winnipeg Police Service identify and return stolen bicycles to owners. The City of Winnipeg (City) is exploring a bike registration program for bicycles at the time of purchase through research and discussions with stakeholders and bike retailers.

The City currently has a voluntary online bike registry with over 10,000 bikes registered.

Updates

May 2019

The City meet with the Winnipeg Police Service and retailers across Winnipeg throughout March. Thank you to all who participated. A stakeholder engagement summary is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the project. View the Engage tab for more information.

March 2019

The bicycle retail registry project is starting. The project team is meeting with the Winnipeg Police Service and retailers across the city to discuss the benefits and challenges of registering bikes at the time of purchase. Stay up to date on this initiative by signing up below.

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Engage

The City reached out to bicycle retail outlets, specialty shops and the Winnipeg Police Service to discuss opportunities to register bicycles at the time of purchase along with the benefits and challenges of such registration. A stakeholder engagement summary is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the project.

Key findings and input collected from the stakeholder meetings will be shared with Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks for consideration on May 22, 2019. City Council is expected to make a final decision on the Public Service’s recommendations, including any required amendments to the Doing Business in Winnipeg By-law No. 91/2018 in summer 2019.

Call 204-986-7134 or email City-Engage@winnipeg.ca if you have questions.

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Background

The number of bicycle thefts in Winnipeg has increased significantly over recent years. As many as 3,000 bicycles are reported stolen each year. The City recovers up to 1,000 bicycles each year, with less than 10 percent returned to their rightful owners. The City currently maintains a voluntary online bicycle registry with over 10,000 bicycles registered.

A registration program for bicycles at the time of purchase would help to ensure serial numbers are recorded with the registration system and assist the Winnipeg Police Service in returning stolen bicycles to their owners.

The Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks passed a motion at the January 9, 2019 meeting that the Public Service undertake a consultation with retail outlets, specialty shops, and the company that maintains the online bike registry for the purpose of identifying how bicycles can be registered at time of purchase in Winnipeg and the challenges and benefits of such a registration.

On January 9, 2019, the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks recommended the following:

  1. That the Winnipeg Public Service undertake a consultation, in cooperation with the Office of Public Engagement, with the Winnipeg Police Service, retail outlets, specialty shops and the company that maintains the online bike registry for the purpose of identifying how bicycles can be registered at time of purchase in Winnipeg, and the challenges and benefits of such registration.
  2. That the Winnipeg Public Service report back to City Council within 150 days with recommendations including any required amendments to the Doing Business in Winnipeg By-law No. 91/2018 and plan to implement bicycle registration at time of purchase.
  3. That the Winnipeg Public Service provide a verbal update to the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks in April of 2019.
  4. That the Proper Officers of the City be authorized to do all things necessary to implement the intent of the foregoing

FAQs

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What are the benefits of a bicycle registration program at the time of purchase?

Bicycle theft is so common partially because there is a low chance of thieves getting caught. Many bicycles can be stolen in less than 30 seconds, the bicycle is its own getaway vehicle, and police cannot identify stolen bicycles that are not registered. Increasing the number of registered bicycles in Winnipeg will increase the chance of thieves getting caught, making bicycle theft higher risk and less desirable for thieves.

If your bicycle is stolen and recovered by the police, it will be easier to return your bicycle to you if it is registered.

How can I protect my bike from being stolen?

The best way to protect your bicycle is with a good lock and to register it.

With registration, if your stolen bicycle is located, you will be notified immediately and arrangements can be made for you to get your bicycle back.

How much will this project cost?

Costs associated with cross-jurisdictional research and stakeholder engagement for this project are minimal, as the City is using internal resources as much as possible. If additional resources are required as part of the recommendations for a bike registry at the time of purchase, those costs will be outlined in the report to Council.

How much does it cost to register a bicycle?

The cost for an individual to register a bike is $6.70. This is a one-time fee, per bicycle (2019 fee – includes GST).

Can I register a bicycle that is not new?

All bicycles can be registered voluntarily with the City. For more information, please visit the Bicycle Registration webpage.

Doesn’t the City already have a bike registration program?

The City currently has a voluntary bicycle registration program with over 10,000 bicycles registered. For more information, please visit the Bicycle Registration webpage.

How many bikes are reported stolen each year?

As many as 3,000 bicycles are reported stolen each year in Winnipeg. The City recovers up to 1,000 bicycles each year, with less than 10 percent returned to their rightful owners.


Last update: May 15, 2019