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Old 06-14-03, 03:27 PM
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Bicycle Registration...?

So whats going on with bicycles were I live you do not have to register your bicycle...maybe we need a multi purpose plan like having all bicycles in differant paint jobs or one color for every year...oh I suppose that wouldn't work just imagine having every new bicycle in your town the same color...I guess what I'm getting at is a fast way for police to Identify bicycles and there year at a glance...any feed back on this one.You can't hold little kids to a drivers license and they drive there bicycles to school?
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Old 06-14-03, 04:04 PM
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There is a global bicycle registeration, I can't remember the link off-hand. Basicaly it is used to identify your bike by serial number. I don't think it would be feasible to make it recognized by glance by police officers. They can't even do cars that way now. I've seen a few old bikes with license plate things from Longbeach police dept but the plates had a year like 1970 though.
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Old 06-14-03, 04:10 PM
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Give it up I'd rather not find my stolen bike than have one more government intrusion.

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Old 06-14-03, 07:24 PM
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Our old State Bike Advisory Committee did a bit of research on bike registrations at the behest of the motoring community who used that old and discredited argument that cyclists don't pay to use the roads. On a space pro-rata basis (ie, bikes take up such a fraction of space compared with motor vehicles), the revenue would fall far short of the admin costs. And what would you do with the revenue? I think some would say spend it on bike paths... which sort of defeats the purpose of a road registration system for bikes. Anyway, our car owners pay something like a AUD$45-a-year motor vehicle tax, plus another AUD$50 for registration. That doesn't buy much road space in my book.

However, I have spoken to Swiss people who visit, and some seem to like the idea of the rego system they have back home. You get a sticker to go on the bike's chainstay. I don't know what the motivation for the scheme is, though.

If following up after theft is an issue, then really, the owner should have the registration numbers of his/her bikes recorded anyway to pass on to the authorities. If you don't know your bike has been stolen there might be a problem somewhere...

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Old 06-14-03, 07:33 PM
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I think bicycles should be registered effectively and be able to identify all parts has well with a reg. number from manufactuer...so when you buy a new bicycle the dealer would automatically send in reg. to police...your bicycle would automatically be reistered.
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The police in my city don’t make an effort to find the owners, or the thieves for that matter, of stolen bicycles. Once a year they hold an auction and sell off about 700 recovered bikes and I think, they use the money for beer or some other good cause. They do have a registration scheme, but they charge you $5.00. The police in my city are more like the Keystone Cops in that they would rather run around like clowns, than try to prevent theft.
 
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Originally posted by Rowan
Our old State Bike Advisory Committee did a bit of research on bike registrations at the behest of the motoring community who used that old and discredited argument that cyclists don't pay to use the roads. On a space pro-rata basis (ie, bikes take up such a fraction of space compared with motor vehicles), the revenue would fall far short of the admin costs. And what would you do with the revenue? I think some would say spend it on bike paths... which sort of defeats the purpose of a road registration system for bikes. Anyway, our car owners pay something like a AUD$45-a-year motor vehicle tax, plus another AUD$50 for registration. That doesn't buy much road space in my book.
Nor does it cover their subsidised fuel, but I digress.

This is a tired old argument that's been run so many times it's just a joke. As I've said many times before, I'd be happy to pay on a pro-rata basis for the space my bike takes up on the road and the pressure it puts on the maintenance of that road. However, if this amount was pro-rata'd against what cars pay for the same thing, any bicycle registration system would almost certainly run at a loss. The question is whether the general public would be prepared to pay for such a loss - my feeling is that they would not.

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However, I have spoken to Swiss people who visit, and some seem to like the idea of the rego system they have back home. You get a sticker to go on the bike's chainstay. I don't know what the motivation for the scheme is, though.
I imagine such a sticker could be easily be removed by a professional thief - or even a not so professional one, so I don't know that it would really help all that much.

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If following up after theft is an issue, then really, the owner should have the registration numbers of his/her bikes recorded anyway to pass on to the authorities. If you don't know your bike has been stolen there might be a problem somewhere...
I recorded the serial # of my bike when I purchased it a couple of weeks ago (to replace the stolen one). However, it was a pretty pointless action. After all, if this one does get stolen, it's unlikely to even turn up in this state, so I don't see how I'm going to find it.
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The National Bike Registry. I haven't done it yet but have been considering it.

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I can see it won't work everyboby would have to agree to a plan down the road for example all the new bicycle next year would have a certain frame design every manufacturer would have to agree to that that way we know that this certain frame design for example means a certain year
thats the only way it would work cause numbers can be filed colors can be changed but you can't change your frame design
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