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 254,000 cataloged bikes, 760 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 2004 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.
Craig Dalton thought he had the bike industry out of his system until Bike Index came knocking. Craig is bringing his entrepreneurial experience to the business side of Bike Index.
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.
Jan Pecnik fell in love with bikes while studying his masters in the Netherlands, focusing on social entrepreneurship. After a couple of years of solo riding, he now helps Bike Index expand across Europe and beyond.
Mike Oleon does the graphic design and illustration for the Index. If anything looks good, it's probably his fault.