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Register your bike with 529 Garage and help reduce bike theft

The City of Kingston and Cycle Kingston encourage all bicycle owners to register their bikes through 529 Garage. Use the link below to register your bike. The service is free and the only information required is an email address. It only takes a few minutes and greatly increases the likelihood that your bike will be returned in the event it is stolen.

“Each year more than 200 bicycles come into police custody. However, since many of them are not registered, they are often not able to be returned to their rightful owners,” says Kingston Chief of Police Antje McNeely. “529 Garage offers residents a simple way to register their bicycles and discourage bicycle theft in our community.”


“Advancing active transportation is a key strategic priority for Council, and that means creating more opportunities for residents to cycle around the city. That said, we know that bicycle theft can be a barrier to wider adoption,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson.


“That’s why I’m thrilled to see 529 Garage launch in Kingston. The reduction in bike thefts in other communities where this has launched is very promising. This powerful tool will assist us in our efforts to reduce bike thefts and encourage cycling across the city.”


“Bike theft is an issue that impacts every resident who owns or wants to own a bike in Kingston," says Neal Scott, President of Cycle Kingston. “It deters many people from using their bicycles for transportation. We’re happy to see the Kingston Police and City of Kingston embrace 529 Garage and take concrete steps to help reduce bike theft in the city.”


529 Garage has three main features:


  1. Bicycle recovery. Stolen bikes that are recovered by Kingston Police can be linked back to the owner and returned using information from the registration system and an owner-submitted police report.
  2. Universal bike registry. The bike registry is universal across jurisdictions, meaning that if a bike is stolen in Kingston and recovered in another city that uses 529 Garage, it can be traced back and returned to the owner. It also means that if you move, you don’t need to re-register your bike, just update your contact information.
  3. Community watch for bicycles. When a bike is reported stolen, 529 Garage users within 15 km can receive a notification with details of the missing bike via the 529 Garage app. If a community member spots the stolen bike, they can send a notification to assist in the recovery of the bike.

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Cyclists can also pick up an optional 529 Garage shield, which is a tamper-resistant sticker with a unique registration code. This shield is affixed on the bike frame and provides a visual deterrent to theft by letting any would-be thieves know that the bike is registered with 529 Garage. Shields can be picked up for free from Kingston Police Headquarters (705 Division Street) while supplies last.


To pick up a shield from Kingston Police, please pre-register your bike at or download the 529 Garage app.


Be sure to include a photo of your bike’s serial number and one of you and your bike. You do not need to bring your bike with you to the station. Shields can also be purchased from Cycle Kingston and at participating local bike shops throughout the city.


For more information, see our Bicycle Registry page or Cycle Kingston.

Sign up today and help lock out bike theft.

For tips on how to lock your bike properly, watch this short video.


Background on 529 Garage:

  • Founded in December 2013 in Portland, Oregon and soon after launched in launched in Vancouver to combat rising bike theft, the app has since been used in jurisdictions across Canada and the United States.
  • The Vancouver Police Department reported a 30 per cent reduction in bike thefts within two years of introducing the 529 Garage registry. In Whistler it led to a 55 per cent reduction in bike thefts in the same period.
  • Recent statistics from the Vancouver Police Department show a 43 per cent decline in bike thefts in 2021 compared to 2015, despite a reported 300 per cent increase in cycling since the start of the pandemic.


Media Contacts:

 Kingston Police

  • Constable Greg Anderson, C.O.R.E. Unit, Community-Oriented Response and Engagement 613-549-4660 ext. 6191 or

City of Kingston

Contact Us

Kingston Police
705 Division Street
Kingston, Ontario
K7K 4C2

Telephone: 613-549-4660
TTY (hearing impaired): 613-549-8792
Administration Fax: 613-549-3111
Operations Fax: 613-549-7111

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