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UMBC Bike Registration Program Gets Rolling

Registration program introduced last week intended to help when bike are lost or stolen.

When classes started at last week, the campus rolled out a new bicycle registration program intended to help owners recover cycles that are lost or stolen.

"It's a great program," said UMBC Police officer Richard Stevens, a member of the department's bike team. "It'll really help us out a lot."

The free program allows students, faculty and staff to register their bicycles with UMBC Police. The serial number from the bicycle will be entered into a computerized database, and an identification sticker placed on the bike, Stevens said.

Bicycles have a unique serial number stamped on the frame.

"People don't write the serial number down," Stevens said. "That's the biggest problem."

The program will help return bicycles to their owners when they are found on campus, and identify bikes when they are stolen, he said.

More than two dozen bicycle owners have taken advantage of the program so far.

"We're still getting the word out," Stevens said. "I expect to get things to get busy this weekend, after students have had time to settle in and get through a week of classes."

To register a bicycle, call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555 or visit the police department between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

number9dream September 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM
What's next? Forcing bicyclists to slap license plates on their bikes and subjecting them to the Catonsville™ brand Rolling Road yuppie property value redeeming speed cameras? The police have a hard enough time recovering a stolen 3,000-lb. automobile. Do you really think they'll be able to find Junior's overpriced mountain bike?
John maynard September 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Got up on the wrong side of the bed, did we?
John maynard September 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Given the fact that Catonsville has UMBC, CCBC, and the high school, it would be nice if bike routes to all those institutions be provided and or marked. For instance, there is a safe back way into CCBC via Hilton Ave and McCurley that students could use if they knew about it. When they were expanding the sidewalks along So Rolling Road to Wilkens, they should have made them into bike paths. I used to bicycle that route to UMBC 40 years ago and it is more dangerous now than it was then. (I was the guy dressed up in orange for old time commuters.) At least the bicyclists are getting some attention paid to them at UMBC. They are pretty much ignored at CCBC. Drive, bike, run, and walk safely. Use relfective, high visibility vests - you can buy them at Lowes, etc.

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