You can register your bike(s) at any city police station. It would be helpful to have a photo of the bike with you that they can attach to the file, but is not necessary.
Here is a list of all the police station locations. Choose the one closest to your neighborhood:
Zone 1 Police Station
1501 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Zone 2 Police Station
2000 Center Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Zone 3 Police Station
1725 Mary Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Zone 4 Police Station
5858 Northumberland Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Zone 5 Police Station
Penn Circle West
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Is this still something Pittsburgh Police do? I called three of the zones, and they don't seem to be familiar with bicycle registration being a thing (although it may have been in 2007 when this page was last updated).
In case -- like me -- you're unfamiliar with PIT PD zones: http://pittsburghpa.gov/maps/police-zones
Any recommendations for those of us who reside outside city limits?
Yeah, that's old info.
Since then, BikePGH has created the "I Heart My Bike" program and there's also the Bike Index.
(bonus for the IHMB program: an awesome photo of you posing with your bike grinning like a fool, suitable for avatar/social media nonsense)
Info on both programs here: http://localhost/i-heart-my-bike/
Or, keep a photo and serial number of your bike in a secure place.
I will note that the Pitt PD & parking office, and perhaps some of the other campuses, do
still do bike registration for their students and staff. Pitt mostly comes out to register bikes at ride-to-work day, but you can actually sign up online anytime
You can register your bike at CMU and Pitt:
University of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University:
CMU just registers your info, while Pitt will send a sticker to attach to your beast--which came in quite handy when I lost my bike on route 79--someone recovered it and contacted Pitt; who contacted me, etc... and I recovered my partially mangled beast....he'll be back.
Thankfully I've never had to use it, but I keep a few inside-my-house photos of my bike & serial# on my phone. I've often wondered how a cop would handle a case where a bike thief is caught, but he still claims it's his bike. Anyone can look at the BB and write down the serial#, but how do you explain the pictures of the bike inside my dinning room?
Iguana -- how did you lose your bike on 79? Did it fall off the rack of your car?
the police gave out bike licenses in the suburb of Cleveland I grew up in. I still have mine on my Miyata 512 from the mid-80s. They also would engrave your social security # on the bottom of the frame with an engraving tool. Which was handy back then, but a no-no in the identity theft new millennium.
I was abducted by a Pedalphile Alien Tool. I was returned to the Iguanidae universe sans pedals, and high-"taled" it home; cf. http://www.anapsid.org/tailloss.html
Glad you are safe. Hope the chip they implanted isn't too bothersome.
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Alternative/complement to a bike lock? Put a sign on your bike: "Steal this bike and go to jail!" :-)