Bike Registry Could Come to SF

San Francisco bicycle riders might enjoy a registry soon.

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    Whose bike is this? Someday soon, San Franciscans would be able to find out.

    San Francisco police are exploring the possibility of creating a bicycle database that would help prevent thefts, according to reports.

    A registry, "that could be rolling by the end of the year," is in the works, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

    San Francisco Safe is the nonprofit with the plan, according to the newspaper. Under the plan, bicycles would be registered with the police department, who now deal with up to 800 reported bike thefts each year.

    There are closer to "thousands" of bicycles stolen on an annually basis, the newspaper reported.

    A total of $75,000 in city funds has been set aside for the bicycle registry, the newspaper reported.

    With the registry, a bicycle's true provenance would be known -- and perhaps that bicycle on Craigslist's legitimacy would be known as well.