In 2019, Bike Windsor Essex invested in 3000 shields to bring 529 Garage to the region, a low-cost proven deterrent to bike theft that places the responsibility first on the bike owner.
We have had discussions with Windsor Police for two years to encourage them to become a program partner, to stand with us in sending a positive message to the community that bike theft is a serious issue here and we are being proactive in dealing with this out-of-control issue.
The program uses an intuitive smart phone app for bike registration and a difficult-to-remove shield applied to registered bikes as both a warning to thieves and to identify stolen bikes. A national databank simply and quickly identifies stolen bikes and reunites them with their owners, wherever the bike is found.
The app is available to download for free in both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store. Register your bike for free HERE. In 2019, every new and renewing Bike Windsor Essex member received a free shield – a $10 value to help keep their bike safe from theft. More shields can be purchased at The Bike Kitchen, Infinity Cycles, Cycle Culture and Velo Fix.