Bicycle theft on Granville Island down 70% since 2015


A fairly new initiative is being credited with dramatically reducing bicycle theft on Granville Island.

Launched in 2016, the Bicycle Culture and Security Program has seen bike theft go down by 40 percent from 2016 to 2017, and 70 percent overall since 2015.

The program is a partnership between The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department, Granville IslandProject 529, and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (B.E.S.T.).

The latter two groups are responsible for giving bike riders options for increasing their bicycle safety while they are parked at one of Vancouver’s most beloved destinations.

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Photo courtesy Granville Island/VPD

During the summer months this year, over 11,000 bicycles were parked by Granville Island’s Bicycle Valet service, which is operated by B.E.S.T., according to a media release.

Additionally, Project 529 had over 900 bike registered with their service, which is endorsed by the VPD as a method of increasing protection against theft.

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Other ways the project worked to decreased bicycle theft on Granville Island included the VPD placing bait bikes to detract thievery, increased signage at bike racks detailing effective locking procedures, and more visible bicycle parking spots.

“We’re committed to continuing the good work, alongside our partners, with the goal of making even more of a difference in the future,” says Constable Rob Brunt of the VPD.


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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: