Many politicians and internet/radio "personalities" are talking about this. Have been for decades, but it seems more prevalent these past 3 to 5 years. You know which ones; I won't label them b/c apparently that'll get this thread moved.What people are talking about registration and insurance for bikes? Are you aware of any places within 500 miles of where you live that have recently started requiring this?
It hasn't happened there yet, but there has been serious registration talk in NYC, less than 90miles from my home. More importantly, hypothetically speaking, you can bet that local gov't and insurance companies would be looking to keep the revenue flowing if ever bikes did supplant cars on a significant level.
Nope. Let's put on our thinking caps. Around here, most street signs are actually bolted to a l'il stub in the concrete. If you want your bike stolen, thieves will have a better chance at the typical street sign (round here, leastways) than they will at a parking meter. Further, I'm not seeing a whole lot of bike racks going in around me, and many of the ones I see are tiny and flimsy and, like the street signs, bolted to the concrete. Anyone with a wrench and a pickup truck could make off with the bikes in about 30 seconds.Also locking to a parking meter is a good way to get your bike stolen, and is an inconvenience to people trying to put money in the meter. Street signs are a better option, and ask for bike racks in more locations. It seems like a lot of new bike racks are going in these days.
For the record, I wouldn't consider a parking meter the ideal lockup spot, but it does fine for most of my lockin'-up stops. Out in front of the pizzeria or the lbs or the post office for <30 minutes, in the active, well-lit, low-theft areas. Tbh, in many of these cases, the street sign, the portable bike rack, and even the free-lock method, would do fine too. There's just many more meters than there are other options, in my hometown. Why ask for more bike racks when there are literally hundreds and hundreds of meters lining the downtown?
And, let's be honest: the notion that a bike locked to a meter would somehow inconvenience someone parking is daft. I guess I could see how it is slightly more cumbersome compared to a meter with no bikes, but that's kind of like how a quarter is heavier than a nickel. It's not like I ride a surrey or something...