Anchorage Assemblyman backs initiative to get stolen bikes back to owners

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Published: Oct. 12, 2017 at 5:55 PM AKDT
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An Anchorage Assemblyman is working with members of the cycling community on a new initiative to help people reclaim stolen bicycles.

Assemblyman Christopher Constant is backing the grassroots effort to spread the word about the free project 529 garage app.

It's a national database to store serial numbers, photos and other information about bicycles.

The app also sends alerts to other users in the network when a bicycle has been reported stolen. "It's a big city, a lot of people. a lot of bikes and so I think the more people watching out for each other the more efficient it is for the community," said Christina Grande, who works at the Bicycle Shop on Northern Lights Boulevard.

Constant says the app could make it easier to get recovered bikes into the hands of the owners,"the idea of a registry is have your name recorded so when we find your bike you can get it back."

The app is already seeing some use from other areas of the state, Cycle Alaska in Juneau recently began using the database in a partnership with the Juneau Police Department.