$25.00 bike license bill…what’s next?

Seems kind of odd, Wall Street practically bankrupts us with proven financial fraud which we keep being told in sources like the Academy award winning documentary Inside Job and articles like Matt Taibbi’s in Rolling Stone, “Why isn’t Wall Street in Jail.”

The result is, America is broke and in a gignormous financial deficit. So how do our politicians react? They attack unions and try and take away their power like we are witnessing in Wisconsin. As if public workers such as teachers, fire fighters and police should some how pay the price for this financial bilking and not have any negotiating power, to extreme belt-tightening they’ve already agreed to pay.

And here in New York, instead of finding ways to innovate, create, make things…live better…we are finding scapegoats of our own like closing schools, firing teachers and coming up with ways to tax our citizens such as this city wide crackdown on bicycles. Somehow, instead of at least one banker paying the price for their unfettered greed, the average bike commuter should pay $270.00 for not following a traffic law, which are constantly broken every second by…well everyone.

This kind of Calvinistic punishment is being proposed in Queens with our lawmakers putting forward these kind of bills. reports how Assembly Member Michael DenDekker put forward a bill to license cyclists (I know sounds familiar, remember Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich)

Michael DenDekker Explains His Inexplicable Bike License Bill
by Ben Fried on March 1, 2011
Remember last month when Council Member Eric Ulrich came out with the idea of creating a complicated new bureaucracy to register and identify New Yorkers who ride bikes, a proposal that would build an expensive and redundant personal identification system on top of our existing ID systems, opening the door to increased harassment of cyclists by law enforcement?

Assembly Member Michael DenDekker
Ulrich never actually got so far as to turn his idea into a bill. And since that time, one of the few American cities that maintained a mandatory bike license scheme — Long Beach, California — decided to call it quits because it wasn’t effective.

Read the article here.

2 comments to $25.00 bike license bill…what’s next?

  • Krupp

    HArd to figure out what is next.


    Wait they already got rid of that. Why did they not just force us to get a license instead?

  • Paul

    Maybe the bike community should go along with this and tell the politicians we’ll pay for licenses, but we want there to be an agreement that cycling infrastructure spending will be increased and so much has to be built a year. Shoot if we could get that I would pay twice as much and be willing to take a cyclist riders ed course.