Oregon Lawmaker Proposes Registration Fee for Bicyclists Answered
A conversation with Rep. Krieger about his bike registration bill
Representative Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach) wants everyone who owns a bicycle in the state of Oregon to pay a mandatory, $54 registration fee (and then renew it for another $54 every two years).
He is the chief architect of House Bill 3008, a proposal that was met with a lot of negative responses on this site when I reported on it today.
I spoke to Krieger via telephone from his Salem office on Friday morning to learn more about his reasons for proposing this bill.
Krieger's main motivation seems to be one of equity. When I asked for his main impetus behind the proposal, he brought up the Vulnerable Roadway Users law that passed last session. That bill created a new class of road user, and stiffened penalties for anyone involved in a crash that seriously injured a vulnerable roadway user (includes people on foot, on bikes, on animals, skateboards, etc...).