Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Ah, the Empire State...

Just when you thought it was safe to help the environment and get some exercise at the same time, an Assemblyman from Queens has proposed a bill that would require bike registration and inspections for all cyclists in NYS.

"a proposal by assemblyman Michael DenDekker, a Democrat from Queens, which would require by law that every bicycle -- not just in New York City, but in New York state -- have a license plate and to be re-registered every year only after an inspection of the bike. A second bill would require every commercial cyclist in the state to carry identification and have insurance; their initial registration fee would be $50."

First year registration - $25
Subsequent year registration and inspection - $5/year
The straw that finally breaks this camel's back - priceless.

Now, I'm biased because I'm a cyclist and I have a cycling family, and our 6 bikes would cost a pretty penny to register. Just this past weekend I was raving about how I'd beat the system by installing ice tires on my mountain bike which allows me to tow my ice fishing sled anywhere without incurring the cost of buying, registering and insuring an ATV. So much for beating the system.

But why stop here? I know there are hundreds, if not thousands of jaywalkers threatening our very existence darting in and out of traffic. I think the fine Assemblyman from Queens should call for registration of all walkers in NY State along with a licensing fee of $12.50 for each pair of shoes you own. Perhaps we should inspect those shoes annually to make sure they are still safe to operate (a small $5 fee/shoe could be implemented). Maybe we could even install modified red light cameras to catch the perpetrators in the act?

Sarcasm off.

Bill #A05429 Summary

Relates to the annual registration of personal bicycles and provides for a license plate fee of twenty-five dollars for the first year and five dollars for every year thereafter.

*** Update, so after speaking with our the office of our local Assemblywoman, I have a sense that this is bill probably not moving forward because it is a single sponsor, single house bill (meaning it doesn't have a similar bill in the Senate). I feel better after that conversation that this is probably not a serious piece of legislation.

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Only in NY my friends.

The MTA hasn't finished a new subway communications network - and it's already out of date.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority started the $370 million fiberoptic, information-carrying network in 2000 and expects to finish it this year.

But technological advances and hundreds of budget-busting, time-consuming changes have pushed the project $76 million overbudget.

"Due to technology evolution and other factors, many components in this network are at or nearing their end of life," an MTA document from October says.

So because it has taken nearly 10 years to install this plan, the technology is already obsolete? Brilliant use of MTA funds.

Cheers!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tell the assemblyman to stick his bill where the sun doesn't shine...what an ass!!!

Anonymous said...

I won't be registering my bike until they show me that tickets can only be given by a cop ON a bike.

Just try and catch me, PoPo.

Anonymous said...

Leave it to a Demoncrat to wan't to pass a law like this! What a retard! The people who voted this jackoff into office should be ashamed of themselves!

Anonymous said...

I will agree that we're dealing with retarded jackoffs. Never a truer statement has been made.

Anonymous said...

just insanity at the highest level. and you're right! why not require walking registration for pete's sake.

Anonymous said...

talk about a nanny state

Anonymous said...

How about a $10,000 fee for every legislator to introduce a bill and for a jackoff bill such as this one, $100,000.

Anonymous said...

YES! a fee structure based on intelligence with loser scores costing the most. Now *there* is an idea someone smart needs to propose (for the lowest fee of course).

Anonymous said...

I think these fat slobs should be forced to ride a bike to work for a month. Then see how they feel. Or see if they even show up....

Register THAT

Anonymous said...

The State of Hawai requires all new bike to be registered when they are sold. It was I belive a one time charge of $15. Although That was a few year ago when
I was Stationed there.

Anonymous said...

Well then based on the Hawaii model pretty soon garage sales will have to supply transfer papers for when you sell your bike for $20 to a neighbor. OK so wait...I buy a bike to save gas and money and the environment while staying in shape. Now I have to drive to Watertown to stand in line at the DMV for registration of my bike?

Really?

The Artful Blogger said...

Thanks for all of the comments. Seems like this would be an uphill battle for the Assemblyman.

If I were playing devils advocate, I'd say it's possible that this "bill" is little more than an effort to gain some free publicity.

Commercial cyclists (ie, courriers) in NYC are definitely an issue and I can see a pol trying to get on the side of the public vs. the commercial cyclists.

However, going after recreational cyclists and requiring annual inspections is lunacy in my opinion.

There apparently is a similar bill in the NJ assembly that is also single sponsor that proposes a $10 registration fee every 2 years and filing paperwork with the DMV if you ever resell your bike.

Anonymous said...

In MA you can register a moped/scooter that has a max speed of 35mph for a similar fee. No insurance, park it on the sidewalk like a bike. But that uses gas, pollutes, rides in the lane with traffic and as such can cause accidents requiring culpability, etc. To require the same process for my daughter's little pink bike with streamers on the bars does not make sense.

I suppose if you make money with your bike (courier) then that might be different. But I do envision a slippery slope here.

Anonymous said...

than dont stop there all wheel chairs in the road way should be made to have lights so you can see them a night they must have insurance incase they cause the hit and run. or keep them off the roads use the sidewalks.

Anonymous said...

New York needs a new government,
instead of these money hungrypricks

Anonymous said...

does his kids and grandkids get to get theirs free registered what an idiot we have to take our country AND MOSTLY NY STATE BACK TO THE PEOPLE COME ON WHO THE H--- ARE THESE PEOPLE ANYWAY DON'T THEY HAVE ANY BETTER THING TO DO FOR US THAN PUT US IN THE POOR HOUSE. HOW WOULD THEY LIKE TO BE POOR AND LAUGHED AT BY THE RIXH

Anonymous said...

Just pure insanity.

Anonymous said...

Something tells me this assemblyman has an ass so big that no bike seat could ever support it. Oh and he himself is an ass so big that none of us will ever support him.

Anonymous said...

While generating money is something Capitalism mandates, there just has to be a better approach than to force bicycle registration. Can you imagine some poor family who doesn't get their kid a used/cheap bike because of the resulting registration fees? Or worse -- some child getting pulled over due to a missing license plate? The details involved in the practical application of such a bill border on maniacal.

sharonwue said...

I see that many of the comments are related to the 1) unreasonable cost, and 2) the infringement on common sense and liberty that the proposed bill seems to represent.
I would not be too worried about law enforcement pulling over the children for not having a license plate, because as it stands right now, I have never heard of a child being ticketed for any vehicle violation, even though, as we know, cyclists are not pedestrians, and must follow the rules of the road. I know that we have all spared the lives of our own and our neighbors' kids, as they ride their bikes facing traffic, etc., and yet we do not report them to the authorities. Still, I do not hanker for the good old days, before they were all wearing helmets. We are so fortunate to live here, in the North Country, and not in a city where you must take your kids to a park so they can ride their bikes in relative safety.
I'm pretty sure the Assemblyman meant well...

Anonymous said...

Everyone has their relative idea of what "safe" is. I live in Manhattan and would call my neighborhood completely safe: kids play in the street, ride their bikes without helmets and don't die, people walk around without mobile phones as they have no fear of an emergency. Living 7hrs away from here in the North Country is not a necessary step towards safety.

Kids can't get pulled over currently as they aren't allowed to drive vehicles! If their bike requires registration then they would need to have a license plate on their vehicle -- so your statement is misinformed. If driving an unlicensed bike becomes punishable by law then kids are included. If a kid steals, he/she will be punished by law. If a kid kills, same. The laws apply regardless but the punishment may differ due to their age.

Anonymous said...

I would much rather have lawn mowers on this bill instead of bikes. Lawn mowers can be deadly dangerous, produce exhaust fumes, shoot projectiles out the side, and also cause noise pollution.

This is just from a lowly push mower. The bigger ones get seriously out of control.

Those vehicles/devices can run amok but bicycles -- now THERE is something we need to register/tax/monitor/control. Makes complete sense? No, no it doesn't.