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Old 01-10-11, 02:57 PM   #1
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NJ Bicycle Bill introduced 10$ registration of all bikes 100$ fine.... ridiculous.

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...I was researching the NJ Legislature Website this morning concerning motorcycle legislation and came across a bill that if you are not already aware of, you should be. It was introduced on January 6th by Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D)Newark. The Bill number is A3657 and if passed, would require all bicycles ridden on public highways or public land in NJ to pay a $10 biennial (24 mo.) registration fee or face a $100 fine for each offense.

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bi...00/3657_I1.PDF

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Old 01-10-11, 02:58 PM   #2
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...and so it begins.
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Does this mean that we will not be able to insure our rides and that the police will make more of an effort to recover our "vehicle" in the event that it is stolen?
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The bill would require a license plate??!!?? Aww hell no. I'm all for having registration of bikes to help deter thieves, but let's face it thieves are going to grind off the serial number and send most high end bikes to a chop shop.
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They tried to enact similar legislation here in Philadelphia after a cyclist struck and killed a pedestrain and then fled the scene. It was shot down, in part because it has been tried in other cities and it doesn't work. It's nothing more than an attemot to tax.
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Old 01-12-11, 09:57 AM   #6
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Tried in other places or not, the bill was proposed by an Essex county democrat, the lowest form of democrat there is. These are closely related to Chicago democrats and generally get their way even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Time for NJ folks to write their representatives and let them know how they feel. So far my emails to Assemblywoman Tucker have remained unanswered, not surprising but dissapointing.
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I've put together a list of the members, with contact info, of the Transportation Committee, in which the NJ bill to put license plates on bicycles currently resides - NJ folk, please contact them, let them know how you feel, and pass this along to others so they can do the same!
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Here is a link to the New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact....rA9Nj4dg%3D%3D
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So, what about out of state bikes?

Are they going to need to register to ride on public land or roads in NJ if this passes?
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This was just posted on my wall, by a Matawan Assemblyman friend of mine, about the bike license in NJ thing: Rog...apparently Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver indicated this morning that the bike license bill is DOA. See link for an essay written by my friend and client Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre.
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I just read on another site that Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker has withdrawn this bill.
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I read in todays NY Post that a similiar proposal is being talked about in NYC, by city councilman Eric Ulrich.Just another way to tax and control, all in the name of public safety
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Yeah I think that's pretty obvious and it's hard for them to pitch it any other way simply because it's going to be very difficult to dedicate the resources to start fining non compliant cyclists. I'm sure restaurant owners who rely on deliveries won't be too happy with it either, besides if it was shot down in NJ then I doubt NYC which has a pretty strong cycling advocacy groups is going to pass this kind of bill.
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un-inforceable and a waste of $$. The bill was born to protect senior citizens who were being run down by kids on bikes. This is supposed to help? I heard Mrs. tucker was backing away from the bill already.
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this is the one time in my life i wish i lived in Jersey (sorry, had to put it in there) so i could organize to vote that lady straight out of office just for being stupid enough to propose this in the first place.
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Star Ledger article on the bill's withdrawal: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201...ms_brakes.html
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I looked up that assemblywoman. She also wrote a bill which would allow parents to opt their children out of mandatory vaccinations for any reason. Doofus.
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A lot of laws proposed by state legislators never get anywhere; less than 2% get passed.

It's just an attention-getting thing. I'd be a little more worried about Marty Markowitz in Brooklyn than this.
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I didn't know that. I guess when all you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a bed of nails.

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I'm not familiar. I haven't lived in NYC for years. I grew up there and did a ton of cycling there.
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Ah, I know it's not going anywhere, and it won't be popular, and it'll be a pain in the neck. But I see it as a sign of respect. If they want to take bicycles seriously, I'm up for it. I'd rather not have to license all my bikes... but then it would be a good test of which ones are keepers, versus which are things I need to sell.

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Making it a law is one thing... getting the local pd's to actually enforce it is another, lol. I dont see it going very far.
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Legislators, as the name implies, make laws. They don't enforce. So like the carpenter who has only a hammer and therefore sees the world as a bed of nails, when a legislator sees laws going unenforced, rather than do something about enforcement, she writes a new law. D'oh!
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