License Plates For Bikes?

March 1, 2011 Updated Mar 1, 2011 at 10:36 PM EDT

By ED REILLY

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March 1, 2011 Updated Mar 1, 2011 at 10:36 PM EDT

(ALBANY, N.Y.) State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker from Queens has introduced a bill in Albany that would require all bicycles in New York State to be registered and inspected.

Owners would pay an initial $25 license plate fee then $5 each year after that.

DenDekker estimates the Bicycle Law could generate $1,875,000 for the State and $375,000 in fees every year.

The idea is not going over too well upstate.

"Collecting money from parents and from little kids - that would give us their allowance money to be able to ride their bicycle - to pay for a license plate . . . that's gone too far," says Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul.

Hochul says she plans to do whatever she has to in order to fight this proposed rule.

"This is very reminiscent of a year ago when Albany tried another money grab by requiring all adults to get mandatory license plates on their vehicles. We fought that {County Clerks} . . . we won."

Assemblyman Michael DenDekker says his idea to register bicycles was partly attributed to the rapidly increasing number of bicyclists in his district.

"If people have a problem with bicycles in New York City, then deal with it at the New York City level. Why impose this on people all across the State of New York?"

Assemblyman DenDekker's Bill still has to be approved by the New York State Legislature.