Even though summer is nearing an end, Des Moines police have seen a spike in stolen bikes. But a new program to be implemented in the city is hoping to curb that problem.
With as tight-knit as the biking community is, when one rider loses their set of wheels or has it stolen, it is often hard to get it back. Many bike shops in Des Moines are adopting a registration process as a way to keep bikes in their owners' possession.
"It isn't just a thing to me. It is my bike," said Bif Ridgway of Bike World."It is something that brings me a lot of joy and brings me stress relief."
Right now, Ridgway's store archives information such as serial numbers. But with the Des Moines Police Department working on a registration system to be rolled out in spring 2019, the goal is to keep bikes from ending up in ditches or on the side of the road.
"This year we have had a lot of people actually cutting locks, grabbing bikes that were sitting outside of restaurants," said Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department.
The cost for registration will be free, but police are still working out the kinks of the system.
Here's how some surrounding cities handle bike security and serial number registration.