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Old 03-01-11, 12:07 PM   #1
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New York State Bike License

In case you haven't heard there's been a bill introduced to require bike licensing in NYS.

http://gothamist.com/2011/02/28/bike..._envisions.php

Bill: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?def...mmary=Y&Text=Y

Assemblymen DenDekker's contact info: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-G-DenDekker/

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Old 03-01-11, 12:12 PM   #2
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I don't live in New York, but bicycling is one of the last truly free activities we have. They will eventually take that away.

/ They hate us for our freedom.
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Old 03-01-11, 12:53 PM   #3
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This is really funny.
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Old 03-01-11, 01:25 PM   #4
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I wonder when New York will require pedestrians to get license plates to hang from their butts? Or how about baby strollers?
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Old 03-01-11, 01:55 PM   #5
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It's a bad enough idea that I can see it being taken seriously.
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Just shoot me...
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So then even a little kid tooling around in a cul-de-sac would need a license? Nice.
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Old 03-01-11, 02:43 PM   #8
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If I remember right, New Jersey recently had a similar bill introduced, but was voted down. Let's hope their neighbors in NY do the same.
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Old 03-01-11, 03:15 PM   #9
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His problem is more with law enforcement than it is with cyclist.
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My favorite quotes from the interview with Mr. DenDekker:

"Did you consult with the DOT or with any cyclist groups before introducing this?
No, I did not discuss this with any cyclist groups.
Is there anything in there about what the penalty would be if someone was riding a bike without a license plate? No, there is no penalty aspect to this yet "

Wow, sounds like this guy is on top of it!
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Old 03-01-11, 03:41 PM   #11
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This guy is an idiot. But then, most politicians are. It blows my mind how so many ******* get voted into public offices. But yeah, I'm totally for licensing pedestrians: barcode on the forehead, totally.
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Old 03-01-11, 03:44 PM   #12
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AdamDZ, looks like this guy is your district? You need to write him, ask him how many Queens bike commuters (read voters) there are v. Queens Bike Haters...
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Old 03-01-11, 03:49 PM   #13
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I wonder when New York will require pedestrians to get license plates to hang from their butts? Or how about baby strollers?
And separate licensing for:
- Runners.
- Rollerbladers.
- Skateboarders.
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The problem with bicyclist licensing is that it would probably only bring enough money into the local coffers to pay for bicyclist licensing. If even that.

I might not have a problem with it personally if I knew it would work to relieve the property tax burden, but there are a ton of people who would be turned off from cycling completely if they had to be licensed to do it. I ride my bike several times a week, so it would be worth it for me, but in the grand scheme of things many would say f-it and not bother. Or not bother with the license. Cops have better things to do than enforce crap like this. The cost of increased man hours to enforce licensing? Oy vey.
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Old 03-01-11, 10:10 PM   #15
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If bikes ever require a license in NY ... I finally find my last reason to move west to Portland OR.... This is a stupid idea anyway... The costs of the licenses will not cover the cost of the processing that needs to be done. NYS needs more money pits like my commute needs potholes...
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Old 03-02-11, 04:21 AM   #16
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Short sighted politicians that want to fix a problem with 1% of the population by screwing the other 99% deserve to be voted out of office. Just think what kind of boneheads do you want running your country. These guys careers need to be clipped as soon as possible.

The problems with this is also that the State is in a financial crisis and idiots like this keep looking at the State Budget as if it was a never ending pot of gold. The program wouldn't even cover its own cost when it comes to collecting the fees. On top of that, try telling this to families in Upstate NY that have a $50 Walmart bikes in the garage that they need to spend $25/year to license them.

Freakin Politicians, we need to pass the message around that these type of idiots are not whom we want running Government.
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How could anybody yell "you don't belong on the road" anymore? Obviously with a license plate on the bike you should be riding on the road. I see this as an issue for people who yell this phrase. What will they do when they encounter a licensed bicycle? This could be a potential disaster for them.
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You better start fighting this on a bigger level. The NY gruberment prove over an over again how stupid, fiscally stupid and control happy they are. That's why you have some of the highest taxes in the country.

As stupid and unworkable as it seems the politicians see tax dollars (even if it wont even pay for itself) and it is like crack to them. It could get sold to enough cagers pissed off a cyclist to get a foot hold. Remember, "Democracy" is "mob rule" and in the grand scheme there are not many voting cyclist when compared to other voting groups. The politician is going to go with the largest number of whiners they hear from so start calling.
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AdamDZ, looks like this guy is your district? You need to write him, ask him how many Queens bike commuters (read voters) there are v. Queens Bike Haters...
Like he would care. Face it, cyclists are a minority. Most of my neighborhood is a typical, American, car-centric place with SUVs and sports cars everywhere.

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You better start fighting this on a bigger level. The NY gruberment prove over an over again how stupid, fiscally stupid and control happy they are. That's why you have some of the highest taxes in the country.
I so want to move out of this state. Soon you'll need a license to fart.
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Old 03-02-11, 02:56 PM   #20
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Like he would care. Face it, cyclists are a minority. Most of my neighborhood is a typical, American, car-centric place with SUVs and sports cars everywhere.
I so want to move out of this state. Soon you'll need a license to fart.
Come out west, we ride and fart wherever we want.....
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Every voting booth in the nation, every corner, borough, neighborhood, whatever, needs to have the following posted above the entrance:

"Politicians will do what is popular, even though it may not be right; Statesmen do what is right, even though it may not be popular."

We need a few more statesmen in office. Then silliness like this will go away for good.
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Old 03-02-11, 03:29 PM   #22
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Every voting booth in the nation, every corner, borough, neighborhood, whatever, needs to have the following posted above the entrance:
"Politicians will do what is popular, even though it may not be right; Statesmen do what is right, even though it may not be popular."
We need a few more statesmen in office. Then silliness like this will go away for good.
Let me know when you find the statesman and I'll let you know when I find Santa Claus.

Kidding aside .. was just reading a pretty good article (reminded me of this thread - a NY commute story)
check it out..
http://outsideonline.com/adventure/t...ev_154507.html
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IM sure said license fee would go to fund Bike paths / lanes and not into the general fund.
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Old 03-02-11, 06:51 PM   #24
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I'm glad to see everybody has forgotten that whole "same road same rules" nonsense.
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I'm going to wager that any funds raised by this proposal would be "borrowed against" for other projects that are already in need of the funding this project will gut to implement.

And next year your state will see more budget creep associated with new "incomes" that have been devalued through borrowing strategies across the board.
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