by Jonathan Maus : bikeportland – excerpt
… An Oregon legislator has introduced a bill that would mandate licenses for everyone over 18 years of age who rides a bicycle and would require them to pay a $10 fee to register their bikes. The bill would also prohibit the use of “state highway fund” dollars on “bicycle” projects and repeal ORS 366.154 (a.k.a. the “bike bill”).
Senate Bill 177 has been introduced by Senator Brian Boquist (R-12) “at the request of” a constituent. That “at the request of” part is important because it appears the bill is what’s known as a “constituent bill”. In other words, this isn’t a bill the senator himself is pushing for — he has merely accepted it and moved it along into a committee to appease a vocal constituent. In this case, the constituent is a man named Ted Campbell…
This is a good conversation to have. Cyclists need to follow the rules. Licenses will help with enforcement. If cyclists get their way and there are fewer cars on the road, the cyclists will be paying for the roads. They might as well start paying for bike paths now. Licensing is the first step.
Needless to say California needs to license bikes. Who in Sacramento will bring that up?