Alexandria Reconsiders Bicycle Registration | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Alexandria Reconsiders Bicycle Registration

Play associated audio
Few Alexandria bike owners even know about Alexandria's requirement to register bicycles.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessicajuriga/2956125372/
Few Alexandria bike owners even know about Alexandria's requirement to register bicycles.

City leaders in Alexandria are moving to end longstanding regulations requiring bicycle owners to register their bikes with the city, and pay a fee.

Back in 1963, city leaders adopted a city code that required all bicycle users to register with the city and pay a 25 cent registration fee. If that person sold the bike, a ten cent transfer fee applied.

Deputy City Attorney Chris Spera says it was a city code for a different era.

"The requirement in city code dates back to a much earlier time when bicycles were more rare," Spera says. "They were more like cars than they are today. Having a bicycle was a big deal."

Now city leaders are reconsidering that code as they look at bicycle regulation in Alexandria.

"The need for local registration of something like a bicycle is probably no longer necessary," Spera says. "If an owner is concerned about his or her bicycle being stolen and being able to track it, there is a National Bike Registry that serves that function."

City Council members are expected to review recommendations in the spring.

NPR

How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.
NPR

How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.
NPR

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.
NPR

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.