The City Of Columbus Wants You To Bug Your Bike

If you’ve ever ridden a bike as your main source of transportation, you are probably all too familiar with the ever-present threat of your bike being stolen.


It can make you paranoid to think about, but it’s a reality that all cyclists have to deal with. Of course, there are typical precautions you can take like locking your bike or removing crucial parts when you park it for the day.

But in the City of Columbus, there’s one more step you can take to make sure that if the worst happens, you at least have a shot at getting your ride back. Bug Your Bike is a program specifically geared (see what I did there?) towards bicyclists.

Although it won’t prevent you from getting your bike stolen, it will increase your chances of getting it back. Here’s how it works. You can register your bike online, by phone, or in person, just by providing your contact info and some distinguishing characteristics of your bike. The city will give you a free RFID chip to install on your bicycle. The chip can be scanned by partnering organizations, linking the bike back to you!


Bikes recovered by the City of Columbus, the Ohio State University, and COTA can be run through the system, increasing your chances of getting your bicycle back.

Bugging your bike

The instructions are pretty simple. First, you’ll want to clear the surface with an alcohol prep pad. Then you need to remove the red tape from the RFID chip and press it onto the frame of the bike in one of the two approved locations.

Do not cover your bike’s serial number with the chip and only place it in the correct locations, as chips placed elsewhere will be ineffective.

For more information about the Bug Your Bike program, or other programs offered by the City of Columbus, please visit their website here.

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