New York Bike-License Bills Withdrawn

New York bills A5429 and A5430 that would have required licensing of all bicycles in New York state were withdrawn on Thursday. Michael G. DenDekker, the Assemblyman who introduced the bills, withdrew them after receiving a large number of complaints from bicyclists and other constituents. The bills would have required bicyclists pay a $25 (non-commercial) or $50 (commercial) licensing fee.

4 Responses to “New York Bike-License Bills Withdrawn”

  • Frits Burghardt says:

    Mr. DenDekker should have asked his Dutch relatives (Den Dekker is Dutch, means “roofer”). We had bike licenses before WW-II and abolished them immediately after as the cost was higher than the intake, and no purpose other than taxation was served.

  • Richard Shappy says:

    I would not mind paying a registration fee for my bike if the funds were dedicated to bicycle routes and improvements. It should be a state tax so the funds stay local and improve the local infrastructure. If they were to just widen the shoulders here in Vermont it would be a great improvement and increase bicycle use. Although it is standard politics to use dedicated funds for general funds after a short time. Just look at the cigarette settlement.

  • Frits Burghardt says:

    @Richard Shappy: How many bicycles in Vermont? The funds would be a drop in the sea. In Holland we had (still have) millions and yet the revenue was less than the cost of the paperwork involved. It could work if the tax per bicycle were high enough but in that case cyclists would soon be an extinct species.

  • Richard Shappy says:

    I did not think the bike registration would fund the improvements. Would still need to use highway funds but, it would deflect the short sighted argument of bikes not paying into the highway funds and therefore should not get any of the benefits. “The revenue was less than the cost of the paperwork involved.” and I thought the US government was inefficient! ;)

 
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