||Bicycle I.D. System Being Developed to
The ASTM Bicycle Accessories Task Group is developing a standard
bicycle identification numbering system to be applied by manufacturers.
Bicycle vehicle identification is similar to the automobile VIN
number, said the task group chair, Patrick Logan, P.E., engineer,
Product Development, Burley Design Cooperative, Eugene, Ore. It
is a coded number in a fixed format for all bike manufacturers.
The number would indicate such things as the manufacturer, date
of manufacture, specific plant, and unit number. Placement of
the code and number of digits is being discussed; comments are
The standard is needed to counter the increasing number of bike
thefts, he explained. Our initial request for this effort came
from the Denver Police Department. They are reportedly confronting
over $2 million in bike theft annually.
Logan said the proposed standards point of contention is the
location on the bicycle. Manufacturers want to engrave or stamp
the bottom bracket (housing for the pedal crank) where there exists
adequate material for the purpose, he said, adding that police
prefer I.D. placement on an upper area of the bicycle, to avoid
The task group, which is part of Subcommittee F08.10 on Bicycles
within Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, is seeking information from
stakeholders. The effort could use more input from police groups
as well as manufacturers, Logan concluded. The purpose is to
come up with a useable standard that can then be adopted by regulation.
The standard needs to serve the needs of police without adding
hardship to manufacturers.
Technical comments may be directed to Patrick Logan, Burley Design Cooperative, 4020 Stewart Rd., Eugene, OR 97402
(541/687-1644; fax: 541/687-0436). Committee F08 meets May 9-12,
2001, in Phoenix, Ariz. For meeting or membership details, contact
Staff Manager Jim Olshefsky, ASTM (610/ 832-9714). //
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