This is the first post in the new Did You Know? category. We’ll use this category to post informational tips we think our members will find helpful. Today’s topic is bicycle registration. When I was a kid, growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, your parents used to take you and your bike to the local Fire Station to get it registered. Back then, I thought registering your bike was akin to getting a license plate for your car. My parents taught me it was something you had to do when you got a new bike. It was the responsibility of the boy with a bike to make sure it was registered. I always wondered why you registered your bike at the Fire Station but I don’t think I ever questioned it. As adults, we all understand that bicycle registration is about theft recovery rather than getting your bike registered or “licensed” to ride on the neighborhood streets and sidewalks as I though when I was a boy.
Residents living in Sacramento county can register their bicycles using the Sacramento Police Department’s free online registration website called Ride On! Visit rideon.sacpd.org to get started. First you’ll need to provide an email address and create a password. Once you’ve signed up on the Ride On! site you can begin registering your bikes. Before you begin, you’ll want to be prepared with a few pieces of information about your bike. When registering the site will ask you to provide details about your bike including:
- Type (Mountain, Touring, Unicycle, etc.)
- Style (Men’s, Women’s, Child’s)
- Speed (The number of gear combinations you have, 10 speed for example)
- Serial Number
- Frame Size (52, 54, 56 or SM, MD, LG)
- Wheel Size
- Address (Your home address or the address where you keep your bike)
You will also be asked to provide a photo. Have a good side view photo of your bicycle ready to be uploaded to the site at the time of registration. The better the photo and the more complete the description, the easier it will be for the police to identify your bicycle.
Now, I think everyone realizes that registering your bike on this site certainly does not guarantee it will be returned to you in the event it’s stolen. Though, having your bicycle registered in this database certainly increases the likelihood it will find it’s way back to you if recovered by the police. The best thing you can do is take steps to prevent your bicycle from being stolen in the first place. Theft prevention seems like a great topic for a future Did You Know? posting.