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Buffalo residents urged to register their bicycles online

Want to improve the chances of police recovering your stolen bicycle and returning it to you? Register your bikes online.

Buffalo police reported 447 bike thefts in 2016, most of them occurring downtown and in North Buffalo.

“The key is to register your bike before it gets stolen,” said Justin Booth, executive director of GObike Buffalo, which offers a Bike Index at www.gobikebuffalo.org.

Booth said once a bike is registered, information about it will be available to police, bike shops, pawn shops and BikeIndex.org’s stolen bike Twitterbot, @isitstolen, with the goal of reconnecting people to their stolen bikes.

"The city is committed to making bike riding safe and convenient for our residents," Mayor Byron Brown said. "We have added almost 100 miles of new bike lanes and more than 400 bike racks throughout the city."

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