In an effort to curb bicycle thefts, the Evanston Police Department has developed an online system to simplify the process of registering bikes.

If you try to register a bike that’s already in the system, however, the police want to see you in person at EPD headquarters, 1454 Elmwood Ave.

Otherwise, all a bike owner needs to do is to fill out the form online and then pick up the registration sticker at the police service desk, which is open all day every day.

The department is hopeful that the new online system will not only reduce bicycle thefts, but will also help police locate owners of bicycles they recover.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Form only accepts numeric serial numbers

    I just tried to use the new online bicycle registration form.  Unfortunately, it will only accept a numeric value for the serial number.  Most serial numbers will be alphanumeric.  I was not able to submit my registration but sent 311 an email regarding the issue.  It should be an easy fix to make it work.

    1. Form corrected

      Thank you for the 311 requet.  The form was updated a few minutes after we received the request.  We look forward to increasing our bicycle registrations!

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