Voice Of OC

Bicycle Licensing On Its Way Out?

In yesterday’s Voice of OC Nick Gerda writes:

Local homeless advocate Igmar Rodas was successful Wednesday in fighting a citation he received for riding his bicycle without a bike license, which is a crime in Santa Ana, after a judge said his bike was apparently subjected to an unlawful search.

While Long Beach and Los Angeles have repealed their bike license laws, both Santa Ana and Irvine cling to their bewhiskered regulations, but that could be changing soon.

Yesterday in an email exchange, Santa Ana City Councilwoman Michele Martinez told me she’d be introducing an agenda item during Tuesday’s City Council session:

85A. DISCUSSION OF BICYCLE REGISTRATION AND TICKETING POLICY (SANTA ANA MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 10‐196 THROUGH 10‐209) – (Councilmember Martinez)

Read the report

It’s not hard to find critics of bike licensing. The Washington, D.C. based Alliance for Biking and Walking claims licensing backfires:

  • Resulting in Police harassment
  • Deterring new riders, another hassle
  • Costing more to enforce than the license fees generated

That’s why most bike-friendly cities repeal bike licensing laws.

Read the Alliance’s complete report here.

Lend your voice to the discussion: Come to the City Council meeting at 5:45pm Tuesday August 5th at 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.

Then let’s get focused on repealing Irvine’s licensing law.

 

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Frank Peters

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