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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...).

via Freakonomics.

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BeanGolem

9 years ago

Aaaahhh. My good ol' home state. There are some good comments below that article. No sense repeating here.

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ll.13

9 years ago

This is great for encouraging people to stop using their cars and start using their bike. What about so many people who only ride their bikes once a week or month, they're not going to bother registering their bikes, they'll just be left to rust in a shed or maybe thrown in a skip. Instead there's more encouragement for people to drive cars and more motorways and dual-carriageways get built making it even harder for cyclists to get around without encountering 1+ tonnes of metal travelling at 70mph. Lemonie: cyclists don't pay road tax, or fuel duty, or insure themselves for 3rd parties - yet they can ride on the roads slowing down traffic, weaving all over the place with impunity and jumping lights... The wear and tear that is created by cars and lorries on roads compared to cyclists is extremely minimal, but regarding the privilege of using the roads you might have a point. Fuel Duty?? I'll pass that one. :P Insurance, surely the damage that is cause by a bike is minimal and surely the victim from the damage can justly claim compensation. Slowing down traffic, the same can be said for speed bumps, horses, runners (some run on roads) and what's the great hurry? cyclists don't slow down traffic in the city as it's going so slow anyway. Weaving all over the place - incompetent cyclists they should have go on a training course. Jumping red lights - £30 on the spot fine from police.

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Kiteman

9 years ago

This isn't an original idea (that's about a similar proposal in Seattle).

It's still not a good idea.

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lemonie

9 years ago

Well, cyclists don't pay road tax, or fuel duty, or insure themselves for 3rd parties - yet they can ride on the roads slowing down traffic, weaving all over the place with impunity and jumping lights... ("dad-talk") L

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Tool Using Animal

9 years ago

Excellent, now how about licensing and insurance?