Nanaimo woman gets her stolen bike back, thanks to smartphone app

A Nanaimo woman whose mountain bike was stolen during a trip to Kelowna last year has been reunited with her two-wheeler — with help from a smartphone app.

Kathy Gonzales was contacted by police after listing her bike on 529 Garage, a website and phone app which allows cyclists to register details and photos of their bikes. If a registered bike is stolen, an alert is sent out to fellow 529 Garage users. Police can also use the searchable database to locate stolen bikes.

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