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Rotarians, RCMP team up for Great Big Bike Registry

The Prince George Nechako Rotary Club and the Prince George RCMP are gearing up for the Great Big Bike Registry on Sun., Aug. 9.
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A volunteer registers a bike with the 529 Garage anti-theft system. They will be out at eight locations across the city on Sunday, August 9.

The Prince George Nechako Rotary Club and the Prince George RCMP are gearing up for the Great Big Bike Registry on Sun., Aug. 9.

Rotary volunteers and representatives of the RCMP will appear at eight locations across the city for two hours at a time encouraging cyclists of all ages to stop by and register their bikes with 529 Garage, a bike registry and recovery system with the goal of deterring bike theft.

If a bike is stolen, 529 Garage assists police in returning stolen bikes efficiently to their rightful owners, saving thousands of dollars in police resources and loss of product for Prince George residents. The program can be accessed online and through a smartphone application.

With 3,000 Prince George cyclists registering their bikes in four years, the Great Big Bike Registry has a goal of registering 500 bikes.

The registration process is free for everyone. Volunteers will follow all provincial health guidelines regarding COVID-19 and will wear facemasks or face coverings and gloves.

Here's the schedule:

- 9-11 a.m.: Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park (6877 Glenview Dr.) and College Heights secondary's parking lot (6180 Domano Blvd.);

- 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Hart Highlands elementary school (2233 Sussex Lane) and Vanway elementary (4509 Highway 16 West);

- 2-4 p.m.: DP Todd secondary parking lot (4444 Hill Ave.) and Duchess Park City park (2425 Ross Crescent);

4:15-6 p.m.: Blackburn Community Centre (2451 Blackburn Rd. S) and Nusdeh Yoh elementary school (2579 Victoria St.).