Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on May 30th, 2013 at 2:54 pm
Across the river in Vancouver, police, a bike shop and a local bike advocate sat down over beers and came up with a smart, simple, free program to help recover stolen bikes.
Here’s how it works, starting this month: When you buy a frame from Bad Monkey Bikes in Vancouver’s Uptown Village area, Bad Monkey enters your bike’s serial number and contact info in their database and applies a special “Monkey Shield” sticker to show that it’s done so.
“When the police or C-Tran or any department recovers a bicycle and it has that Bad Monkey sticker, then they know it’s registered and know to call me,” shop manager Wade Leckie said Thursday.
Not only is this a way to help respond to bike theft, which is going strong this year (and if you haven’t seen it, here’s BikePortland’s quick guide to preventing and responding to theft), it’s a nice example of a simple service a local shop can offer that web-based competitors can’t.