A bicycle registry system used in Brussels is going nationwide in Belgium in an attempt to cut down on the bicycle thefts that are said to deter many people from commuting by bike rather than car.
The system, in use in Brussels since 2019, provides bike owners with a registration number and a QR code that can't be removed from the bicycle. The number and code are entered in the My.Bike database so that reporting thefts will be easier, and buyers can tell immediately if a second-hand bike has been reported as stolen.
Belgium has been seeing more than a hundred bikes a day stolen and reported, and estimates that an additional two bikes a day are stolen and not reported. Officials hope that once the system is fully implemented, victims will be more likely to report thefts because it will be easier and because chances of recovery will improve, as they already have in Brussels.