New York Bike License Bill is Dead

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The New York bike bill backed by Queens Democrat Michael G. DenDekker, which we told you yesterday probably wouldn't pass, has already been withdrawn after DenDekker was "flooded with complaints from people who lived outside the city that they were being taxed and regulated to address concerns about unsafe cycling that existed largely in New York City." We've tried to get the message across: don't mess with cyclists.

In DenDekker's proposal, everyone would be required a one-time registration that would cost $25, plus a yearly renewal fee of $5, in addition to mandatory insurance for commercial cyclists and more paperwork that would run them around $50. He's backing off from all of the bureaucracy and charges, but still hopes "to have stricter enforcement of existing bicycling rules and regulations," according to the New York Times. Still, the pro-bike side is pretty thrilled:

Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, the clean-transportation advocacy group that opposed the bill, applauded its withdrawal. "Across New York State, the people have spoken, and they agree that bicycle license plates are a bad idea," Mr. White said in a statement. "It is comforting to know that the State's resources will not be directed away from proven life-saving enforcement on our streets."

Lawmaker Withdraws Bike-License Bill [NYT]

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]



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Stillneedacoolname
Stillneedacoolname

DenDekker... Kiss my butt... I'm not paying NYC and Albany any money to ride my bike in Western New York.

If I break a law, the local cops can give me a ticket...

Epac
Epac

I'm happy to say I'm one of those who wrote him a scathing email...

gerald
gerald

Too bad..... Homeowner's or renter's insurance would cover liability if you ride a bicycle and hit someone. Do you know what happens when some idiot hits an elderly person with a bicycle? A license plate on bicycle and requirement of homeowner's insurance is something that time has come.... Recently, a woman getting off an MTA bus, got hit by man in his twenties who was riding on the sidewalk. The guy had no reason to be on the sidewalk. Neither one of them could afford to be injured either.

Queens Crapper
Queens Crapper

It's comforting to know that even those living elsewhere in the state know that NYC cyclists are maniacs.

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