If your bicycle "goes missing," a new resource now exists to help you get it back. It will also help you be certain that the used bike you are about to buy was not stolen from its previous owner. The Detroit Bike Blacklist
is a website where local cyclists can post profiles of their missing bikes (including photos, descriptions, dates when bikes disappeared, and contact information) in the hopes that people who come across them will return them to their rightful owners.
According to Detroit Bike Blacklist's founder, the site was inspired by a personal experience of purchasing a stolen bike:
"So, in October of 2013 I found out that the bike I was riding around on was stolen property.
It had been stolen from Eastern Market, donated to a local bike shop (by a parent maybe?), and I ended up buying it.
I pieced this together by meeting the former bike owner, and then talking with people at the bike shop. It was no one's fault - it just ended up that way.
But what if there was a way to check if the bike you were buying had been stolen?
Thus, the Detroit Bike Blacklist was born."
Have a look. Maybe you can help a fellow Detroiter get his or her bike back.
Source: Detroit Bike Blacklist