New tool to help reunite owners with stolen bikes

Register bikes for free at

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 1 p.m.

This Bike to Work Week 2015 (May 18-22), the City is launching free bike registration to help return stolen bicycles to their owners.

Bicycle owners can register their bike at (or by accessing the tool via their My Spokane account at Owners are asked to enter contact information and the serial number and description of the bicycle, and can also upload a picture of it via smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. For those without computer or Internet access, bikes can also be registered at neighborhood Spokane C.O.P.S. shops.

“The program will benefit the citizens of Spokane and help law enforcement to curb bicycle theft and increase return rates,” said Councilmember Mike Allen, who first approached City staff with the concept.

Police recover many bikes each year, but getting them back to their owners is often difficult. The citywide bike registration database will help police reunite stolen bikes with their rightful owners. The My Spokane staff will manage the SpokaneBikeID tool in partnership with the Spokane Police Department. is another part of the City’s growing online My Spokane presence that makes it easy for citizens to engage their city government on their time. Other My Spokane services now also include graffiti, pothole and animal control reporting, household service updates, utility bill payments, and the ability to send questions directly to the Mayor.