Just a quick reminder since good biking weather has finally arrived, and that is to secure all bikes when they are not under the actual physical control of someone. By securing I mean locking with a chain or cable through the wheels and frame to a sturdy and secure object or bike rack, locking it in a shed or garage or bringing it into the house. It only takes a few seconds for someone to take your unlocked bike and you may never see it again.
Wauwatosa Ordinance 11.48.090 states that it is illegal to operate an unregisterd bike in the City of Wauwatosa and that it has to be licensed in Wauwatosa or by another jurisdiction.
Wauwatosa Ordinance 11.48.100 states that every Wauwatosa citizen should register their bike with the police department. This is a free service where all of the bike's information is gathered for entry into a data base and a non expiring license is issued and affixed to the bike. Besides registering at the police department you can also register at any Wauwatosa fire station and at Johnson's Cycle and Fitness located at 6916 West North Ave in Wauwatosa.
Besides being a requirement to register, should your bike be stolen, having it registered will increase the chances of it being returned.