Should bicyclists be required to have a license?
House Bill 689, a Republican-sponsored measure that would slap a $15 licensing fee on every bicycle in Georgia that touches public asphalt.
The bill draws no distinction between a $3,000 carbon-fiber wonder and a $50 Wal-Mart special with training wheels. And no more passing that outgrown bike to the next kid in line – not without an official transfer of the 4”-by-7” license plate, approved by the government.
Otherwise, 6-year-old Cindy Lou, tooling the cul-de-sac in her sister’s hand-me-down overalls and hand-me-down Huffy, could be picked up and slapped with a $100 fine – her dreams of an Ivy League education shattered by a misdemeanor record.
However it probably won't get far...
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who, like the bill’s sponsors and Gov. Nathan Deal, also lives in Hall County.
“I’m not interested in getting into a situation where we are taxing and registering our youth and adults for the use of their bicycles. This is not, in my mind, the right public policy decision,” Cagle said. “We should be encouraging more people to exercise. And cycling is a part of that.”
Cagle is president of the state Senate, which would have to approve H.B. 689 – if the House were foolish enough to move it. Cagle is also the Capitol’s premier cycling enthusiast.
So what do you think, is it the worst idea ever or something that holds merit?