Senator urging bike registration had run-in with bicyclists
By DEENA WINTER, Bismarck Tribune
A Fargo senator who has introduced a controversial bill to levy a $50 registration fee on serious bicyclists was accused of intentionally striking a bicyclist on a road north of Fargo in 1997.
Sen. John Syverson, R-Fargo, is the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 2391, which would require long-distance bicyclists who ride outside city limits to register with the state, although it wouldn't apply to bikes with less than three gears or bicyclists who are under the age of 14.
The state would issue a registration decal that would be good for two years, and the money collected would be deposited in the state highway fund for the construction and maintenance of bicycle paths.
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