Originally Posted by johnny99
Of course, one benefit of the law is that if your bike is stolen and later recovered, the sticker can help the police get the bike back to you.
I've probably told this story before but...
I had a bike stolen from my car's roof rack (actually he didn't get the front wheel because it was in my trunk) ... stupidly forgot it was there and left it overnight. Reported to police for insurance settlement.
Cop calls me about a month later and says he has my bike. Says he was in his patrol car behind this guy on a bike on Main St in Walnut Creek; the guy fell over in traffic, cop gets out to see if he's OK, recognizes the signs of a stolen bike (decals covered up with tape, mismatched wheels, etc) and he needed some excuse to run the serial number so he notes that the bike doesn't have a bicycle license sticker... meaning the rider had committed an infraction by riding an unlicensed bike. Having committed such offense, the cop runs the serial number and finds that it was reported stolen so he confiscated the bike and called me.
The irony of all this is - if *I* had licensed *my* bike, there would have been no infraction and the cop would not have had cause to investigate and I *wouldn't* have gotten my bike back.
The license rule is still on the books but virtually nobody does it.
Walnut Creek Police Department
Records Bureau Forms FAQs
5. Do I need a bicycle license? How do I get one? A bicycle license issued by the state is required to ride a bicycle in the State of California.. Applications are accepted during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. on most Saturdays. The cost is $3.50 for the license or $3.00 for a renewal. The licenses are valid for 3 years and can be extended at the end of the 3-year period by purchasing a renewal sticker. A bike license is very useful in identifying your bicycle later if it's lost or stolen.
Edit: since I already had a new bike from my insurance settlement, my friend bought the old bike from the insurance company and then somebody stole it from HIM!
Last edited by DiabloScott; 06-24-08 at 11:44 AM.