Preventing bike theft and sharing the road: 22 July

Operation Bike/Pedestrian Sharing and Bike Theft Prevention at Centennial Lane on July 22 from 8am to 11am.

The SPVM will be present in Hampstead to raise awareness. They will answer all questions. The Montreal police are encouraging cyclists to download an anti-theft application this summer, following the example of other Canadian cities.

The app, 529 Garage, was developed in Portland, Ore., in 2013. Its purpose is twofold: to create a network of cyclists that makes it possible to track local theft reports, and to dissuade people from stealing bikes in the first place.

The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) became the first police force in the province to join the app's network this week.

"The cities where the app is available did not take long to get surprising results. The City of Vancouver registered a decrease of almost 40 per cent in bike thefts since the arrival of 529 Garage in 2015," the SPVM stated.

Cyclists can register their bike on the app by first creating a profile, and then uploading a photo along with information about the bike, such as its serial number, make and model.

CBC News