Win a REFLECT360 Cycling Jacket from Proviz Sports

November 18, 2019

Enter to win a REFLECT360 Cycling Jacket from Proviz Sports! To reflect on a stand-out year at Project 529 we have teamed up with Proviz, the world’s #1 high-viz sports brand. The premium British brand is renowned...

Bike Theft Victim Do’s and Don’ts

December 19, 2018
/   About Us

Bike Theft Victim Do’s and Don’ts We hope you never have to deal with having your bike stolen but if you do, here are some tips: DO… Report the crime to police either in...

Vancouver Police Media Event – Monday 10/29/18

October 26, 2018

Vancouver recognized as global leader in fighting bike theft VANCOUVER, B.C. (Friday, Oct. 26, 2018) – Members of the media are invited to this important announcement that will detail how Vancouver has been recognized...

GPS – The bike theft silver bullet?

July 25, 2017
/   Annie Answers

Dear Annie,  I left my iPhone on the bus last winter and recovered it using the “Find my iPhone” feature from my computer. Seems that doing the same kind of thing for bikes would...

Unlocking the lonely U-lock mystery

July 11, 2017
/   Annie Answers

Annie –  I’ve been trying to a better job with my bike locking since my brother’s bike got stolen last year. I think I have a pretty good sense for how thieves take advantage...

Our Next Step in Attacking Bike Theft

January 31, 2017
/   529 Team

Today we’re announcing the merger of the largest and longest running online bike registry on the Internet — the National Bike Registry —with our modern bicycle registration, reporting and recovery platform, the 529 Garage. The merger...

Project 529™ Acquires National Bike Registry

/   529 Team

National Bike Registry and 529 Garage have joined forces to fight bike theft, creating the largest and most advanced bike registry in North America. January 31, 2017. Today, Project 529 announced the acquisition and...

Have You Seen Our Bike (Round 2)

July 27, 2014
/   Event Announcements

Bicycle theft is an epidemic, and it’s time we, as a community, come together to squelch it’s free reign. That’s why we developed the 529 Garage website and app: to enable local cyclists to work together...

It’s a Wrap!

December 8, 2014
/   529 Team

We wrapped the petition up last Tuesday with the final tally coming in at… …supporters asking eBay and Craigslist to require serial numbers on bike listings. Whoa, that’s sounds like a lot. Just how big...

Our Next Step in Attacking Bike Theft

January 31, 2017
/   529 Team

Today we’re announcing the merger of the largest and longest running online bike registry on the Internet — the National Bike Registry —with our modern bicycle registration, reporting and recovery platform, the 529 Garage. The merger...

Bike Theft Victim Do’s and Don’ts

December 19, 2018
/   About Us

Bike Theft Victim Do’s and Don’ts We hope you never have to deal with having your bike stolen but if you do, here are some tips: DO… Report the crime to police either in...

Engineering the future of bike security

April 16, 2015

While we may only have a small crew this year at Sea Otter (they are on the road right now), we do have a pretty big announcement: we’re working harder than ever to help...

GPS – The bike theft silver bullet?

July 25, 2017
/   Annie Answers

Dear Annie,  I left my iPhone on the bus last winter and recovered it using the “Find my iPhone” feature from my computer. Seems that doing the same kind of thing for bikes would...

Summer of SRAM Instagram Contest (pt 1)

May 29, 2015
/   Giveaways

Summer is about to get better for 2 lucky riders real soon thanks to our friends at SRAM. Whether you are a single-track junkie or gravity addict, share how you spend your 5 to 9 in the dirt...

Unlocking the lonely U-lock mystery

July 11, 2017
/   Annie Answers

Annie –  I’ve been trying to a better job with my bike locking since my brother’s bike got stolen last year. I think I have a pretty good sense for how thieves take advantage...

While we may only have a small crew this year at Sea Otter (they are on the road right now), we do have a pretty big announcement: we’re working harder than ever to help people secure their bikes, and we’ve teamed up with lock manufacturer and all around security experts ABUS to kick it up a notch. I personally have been using an ABUS Bordo lock now for years for all my bikes, and I love how ABUS is pushing its bicycle lock designs to be both incredibly secure and easy to carry.

Here’s the press release for the announcement:

ABUS Mobile Security LLC and Project 529 Join Forces to Engineer the Future of Bike Security

(Chicago, IL) April 16th, 2015. In an era of increasing concerns over bike theft, ABUS Mobile Security, LLC and Project 529™ are joining forces to combat the growing epidemic of stolen bicycles. The partnership between ABUS, the world leader in mobile security, and Project 529, a Portland, OR based cycling software start-up is a marriage made of manufacturing innovation and technology with the next wave of online, web-based security and community engagement.

Both companies agree that the key first step in bike security is using the proper lock and using it correctly. The understanding that no lock offers 100% protection against a well-equipped thief is the basis for the partnership. Project 529™ and its innovative 529 Garage platform pick up where ABUS’s outstanding locks leave off. By providing easy bicycle registration and crowdsourced recovery assistance in the event of theft, ABUS and Project 529 provide the most comprehensive bike security package available to cyclists today.

Statistics indicate that a bike is stolen every 30 seconds in the United States and fewer than 10% of recovered bicycles are ever returned to their owners. By encouraging the use of high-quality, high security locks and teaching owners how to use them properly the goal is to prevent theft before it happens. In the event it does, the 529 Garage platform is there to aid in recovery. The 529 Garage allows riders to easily and securely register their bikes and provides the capacity to broadcast a “Missing Bike Bulletin” to the 529 community and social networks that includes images and details that will enable cyclists and law enforcement to identify and recover the stolen bike. Additionally, the 529 Garage generates a detailed report that can be provided to the police and the victim’s insurance company to maximize and expedite claims and the ability for law enforcement to check against a national database of missing bikes.

ABUS Marketing Manager Joan Hanscom said, “At ABUS our goal is to make the best locks in the world. Our locks are engineered and produced in our own factories to incredibly demanding quality standards that we set – standards that meet and exceed many of the most widely recognized testing standards employed globally. But even then – whether it be due to human error or the use of power tools – bikes still get stolen. By partnering with Project 529 we are delivering a more comprehensive security solution to cyclists and we are thrilled to be working with them.”

The ABUS and Project 529 partnership will launch on the ground in Portland and online nationally this month. This season, a security “bundle” will roll out with select Portland IBDs that will include a high-security ABUS lock and a 529 Garage registration kit. The partnership extends further into cyclist education and new product development efforts.

“This partnership represents the marriage of simplicity and security backed by world-class engineering,” said J. Allard, founder of Project 529. “Bike theft is an epidemic, and the solution lies in industry cooperation and community engagement. We’re excited to partner with ABUS and the IBD community to bring new thinking and new solutions to this difficult problem.”

About ABUS

ABUS Mobile Security, LLC is based in Chicago, IL.  Named a German Brand of the Century, ABUS has been building locks in their own factories since 1924.  Backed by four generations of family knowledge, teams of in-house engineers and tool-makers, ABUS has risen to market leader in Europe by using the highest quality materials, rigorous testing methods and constant innovation in their quest to make the best security products in the world.   For more information about ABUS visit http://www.abus.com/eng/Mobile-Security.

For more information about ABUS Mobile Security contact Joan Hanscom at joan.hanscom@abus.com

About Project 529

Founded in 2013, Project 529 is a diverse team of software professionals in Portland, Oregon that believes that technology can enhance the cycling experience. Their first product, the 529 Garage is simplest and most complete bike registration system created to date, having helped secure approximately $15M worth of bikes since its introduction last year. Recently, J Allard was appointed to the newly formed Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force by Portland Chief of Police Larry O’Dea to help attack the growing frustration with bike theft in Portland.

For more information or questions, contact media@project529.com.

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