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Article by Saanich Police Constable Erin Wagg

In 2013, Project 529 set out to create a sustainable program to help reduce bike theft, promote cycling, and make cities and campuses more bike-friendly. The Saanich Police Department has joined a growing number of police agencies in British Columbia and the Capital Regional District to partner with Project 529, a bicycle registration and recovery system. Project 529 makes it easy for citizens to register a bike and flag it stolen if a theft occurs. 

Anyone can register a bike on Project 529 for free in less than five minutes, either online or in person at a registration station that is listed on the Project 529 website. Only an email address is required - no other personal information. Tamper resistant 529 Shields can be purchased from a local bike shop and they act as a deterrent, warning would-be thieves that your bike is registered.

Project 529 can be accessed through the “Garage 529” app and online at, where you can register your bike or search the registry if you find a bike. If your bike is stolen, file a police report and set an “alert” in your Project 529 account. Remember to always lock your bike with a u-lock, even if you’re only gone a few minutes. Ride safe!!

The Greater Victoria Public Library has extended their hours at all of their branches!

GVPL Customer Service Line 250 940-4875

The GVPL is committed to providing a healthy and safe space for staff and patrons. Branches in Saanich: Nellie McClung, Emily Carr, and Saanich Centennial. Open Monday to Saturday.

Library services currently available:

· Borrow items from a vast collection.

· Browse a selection of popular items and borrow on the spot.

· Public computers available at most branches.

· Upgrade an online library cards for full library access.

· Return items everyday, any time at all branch locations.

· Join online for programming that inspires and informs.

Please note that as of June 9, 2021,GVPL’s cloudLibrary account has been retired. The transition from cloudLibrary to OverDrive/Libby will happen over several weeks. Check out OverDrive and Libby for the newest ebooks and e-audiobooks. GVPL staff are available to assist you with any technical problems.



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Click the cover to read our 2021 Summer edition of Community Action.