Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: South of Dallas, Texas
Bikes: Giant OCR C0 road
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Licensing comes with logistical issues as well.
Will it be bicycles or bicycle riders that are to be licensed, or both? If the bikes are registered, the fees must be kept low enough to discourage forged registration stickers and have a high compliance rate. A twenty dollar registration fee is pretty steep for a $120 bicycle.
Is the goal to enforce traffic laws or raise revenue? Usually neither of these goals are advanced by reg/lic schemes. Too few bicycles to overcome the cost of the bureaucracy needed to implement the plan, and traffic violations can be enforced now as it is.
How will such schemes be enforced? Tickets? Impound the bicycle? Age limits? (Will children have to be licensed? Will we require all children to carry bicycle ID? Do want the police hassling our kids over bicycle registration?)
How big is the program? City-wide, state-wide or national? Each has their own set of problems. If it is a city or state program, how do you deal with folks riding in from outside the program? A national program would require the consent of congress- Talk about making a federal case out of bicycle fees!
Why bicycles? Why not roller skates, shoes and baby strollers?