Cycle Wellington has partnered with bike security platform 529 Garage – the world's largest community-powered bike recovery service.
This is a collaboration with Project 529, Cycle Wellington, Wellington City Council, and Greater Wellington Regional Council. Auckland and Christchurch have also partnered with 529 Garage to help address increasing levels of bike theft.
Bike theft is on the rise, and we're encouraging bike owners in Wellington to register their bikes to protect against theft. 529 Garage is a free and easy-to-use app that enables you to register your bike easy, free and helps Police return stolen bikes to their rightful owners.
Nice bike. Lock it. Register it!
Want an extra level of security for your bike? Follow these steps:
Register your bike.
Once registered, pick up your 529 Garage shield stickers. Initially, Wellington City Council is funding shields to be given out for free – pick up from the locations below. When pickup places run out of funded stickers, selected bike shops will opt in to sell “registration kits” (shields with registration information) and/or loose shields ongoing.
Wellington central city:
Greater Wellington Regional Council, 100 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Bicycle Junction, 1 Marion Street, Te Aro
Get Lost Cycling, 24C Elizabeth Street, Mt Victoria
Electrify NZ, 89A Thorndon Quay, Pipitea - now selling 529 Garage registration kits
MyRide, 181 Vivian Street, Te Aro
Pedal Project, 158 Victoria Street
Giant Wellington, 26 Ballance Street
IRide, 242 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea
- BIKESPACE, Te Papa car park, 55 Cable Street, Te Aro
Burkes Cycles, 16 Coutts Street, Kilbirnie
Kiwi eCycle, Unit 2, 408 The Esplanade, Island Bay
Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe, 16 Parumoana Street, Porirua
Pack & Pedal Porirua, Shop 13, 9 Semple Street, Porirua
Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe and Workshop, 23 Blenheim Street, Maidstone, Upper Hutt
Cycle Science, 127 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
The benefits of registering your bike on 529 Garage
529 Garage allows you to collect together details, photos, descriptions, and serial numbers of your bike in minutes.
Once registered, you can also obtain a unique 529 Garage code on a tamper-proof shield that sticks to your bike. The shield acts as a sign to thieves that the bike is registered and Police will be easily able to identify it, should it be stolen.
More advantages of registering your bike:
- Your bike will be included in a secure nationwide database.
- If your bike gets stolen, you can use 529 Garage to send an alert to the local 529 community, and have all the details on hand to report the theft to the Police.
- If someone sees your bike, they can contact you anonymously through the app, or you can choose to display your contact information.
- 529 Garage makes it easy for Police to return your bike to you if it's found.
- You can use the database to check if a second-hand bike you're considering purchasing has been flagged as stolen.
Download the 529 Garage app
Visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store on your smartphone and download the 529 Garage app to register your bike now.