Somebody wrote this , and it appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
"Bicycle plates could be new revenue stream
1:29 PM CDT, July 17, 2008
As bicycles become utility vehicles rather than recreational - as in the past - I think it is time they become licensed replete with small plates on their rear fenders or seats. Even a short test could be given to ensure rules of the road are understood. Much of riders' bravado stems from their lack of identity. With a number on the rear of their bikes, they can easily be identified. A small sum of five dollars per bike would be reasonable. Registration could be done at their local aldermanic offices where in fact, voter registration can be done too.
It could be a new revenue stream helping to fund our Olympic goals. Bike riding is a sport too. Yet with so many riders skimming pass pedestrians and through intersections daily, this method of identification will allow them the same status and limitations of motor vehicles. It will cut pedestrians some slack in walking and crossing thoroughfares safely too.