Caltrain wants to reunite you with your stolen bike

By Mark Prado
Caltrain Palo Alto station. Richard Masoner via Wikimedia Commons.

Caltrain and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department are encouraging bike riders to register their bicycles to help recover them if stolen.

This app-based Project 529 system allows owners to input identifying information about their bike to help locate it. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department has access to the 529 database for both Caltrain and several other bike communities registered with the program.

The program helps theft victims find their bikes.

 “On Caltrain, Transit Police frequently locate and recover bikes, however enforcement becomes challenging in the absence of registration information to verify ownership,” said Lt. Victoria O’Brien of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department in a Caltrain press release.

To download the app or learn more, visit

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