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Old 07-27-10, 11:15 PM   #1
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Bike License???

so, on this bike I pulled out of the trash, I found this totally cool sticker:


it appears to be a bike license for the town of Tonawanda, NY. Does anyone know when this could be from? when did they require bike licenses like this?

It's such a cool find that I'm going to mask it before I paint the rest of the bike to preserve it.

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Old 07-28-10, 09:24 AM   #2
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Licenses were fairly common up into the 70s. Supposedly to help with tracing lost or stolen bikes. Didn't work that well and the cities finally figured out it was costing them to much money to run a registration program.
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so, on this bike I pulled out of the trash, I found this totally cool sticker:


it appears to be a bike license for the town of Tonawanda, NY. Does anyone know when this could be from?
when did they require bike licenses like this?

It's such a cool find that I'm going to mask it before I paint the rest of the bike to preserve it.

rad.
You answered your own question. Call the police depart to inquire about the license.
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Old 07-28-10, 10:35 AM   #4
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Licenses were fairly common up into the 70s. Supposedly to help with tracing lost or stolen bikes. Didn't work that well and the cities finally figured out it was costing them to much money to run a registration program.
That was my take on it. I have several bikes with license stickers on them from various locales. The ones from my area were voluntary and could be done at any fire department or precinct station. I inquired a couple of years ago and have learned that the data base was lost some 20 years ago, about 3 years after they stopped the registration, a lot of help that was. FWIW I had several registered bikes stolen over the years and never had a single one recovered, so I don't put too much stock in it. But it is neat to see the stickers from the different areas. Even earlier than the stickers, dating back into the 1940's were the little metal plates.

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You answered your own question. Call the police depart to inquire about the license.
i know where it was from, but my question was when?
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"Licenses were fairly common up into the 70s"

Huh? Isn't this still standard operating procedure for bike ownership?
In my town, you get the bike registered at the fire department.
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not here in Connecticut. I've heard of registering bikes for theft protection, but not licenses. CitiZen, is it effective where you are?
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not here in Connecticut. I've heard of registering bikes for theft protection, but not licenses. CitiZen, is it effective where you are?
Sorry, I seem to be using "license" and "registration" interchangeably.
Word_nerd, I posted a question like yours an another board and am waiting for responses. I'll let you know.
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Huh? Isn't this still standard operating procedure for bike ownership?
In my town, you get the bike registered at the fire department.
Not around here in NC. I have seen more current registrations from places in the Midwest and I know that many Universities will require a registration if you plan to park the bike on campus.

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Our city dropped a registration requirement because it turned out to cost more to run than it could bring in. It was income negative.
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