Cofounded by Seth Herr and Bryan Hance in 2013, Bike Index is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
It is the most widely used and successful bicycle registration service in the world with over 208,000 cataloged bikes, 600 community partners and tens of thousands of daily searches.
Seth built Bike Index when he was a bike mechanic because he wanted to be able to register bikes for his customers. Bryan developed and ran a community driven bicycle recovery service (StolenBikeRegistry.com) that recovered bikes from the first week it was created in 2004.
Merging the two services Seth and Bryan created the universal bike registration service they both dreamed of—a database used and searched by individuals, bike shops, police departments and other apps. A bike registry that gives everyone the ability to register and recover bicycles.
Simple. Efficient. Effective.
Bike registration that works.
Seth Herr learned to program so that he could build Bike Index, because he was a bike mechanic and was frustrated that something like it didn't exist.
Bryan Hance created StolenBicycleRegistry.com in 2005 because 5 of his bikes were stolen in 9 years—and realized recovering bikes was really fun. He lives in Portland and recovers lots of bikes.
Lily Williams has a master's degree from Medill School of Journalism but realized along the way that bikes are the most deserving recipients of words. She writes and communicates for Bike Index.
Mike Oleon does the graphic design and illustration for the Index. If anything looks good, it's probably his fault.