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Lawmaker pulls bill that could have required license plates for bicycles

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The lawmaker that introduced a bill in the Georgia House that could have required bicyclists to have a license plate has pulled it.

Georgia House Bill 689 would have required anyone in Georgia who intended to ride a bicycle on the street to register that bike with the state.

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, said he wanted to get the attention of cyclists. The bill was sponsored by Rogers, Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, and Emory Dunahoo, R-Gainesville.

All three legislators said the bicycle bill is now a "dead" issue. However, the bill has not been pulled as of yet according to the clerk's office.

The bill reads, in part:

"To amend Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to motor vehicles and traffic, so as to provide for registration and licensing of bicycles; to revise a definition; to provide for the acquisition of a license plate prior to the operation of a bicycle on streets with motor vehicle traffic; to provide for the design of license plates for bicycles; to provide for the option of a one-time bicycle registration fee in lieu of annual registration; to prescribe fees for annual and one-time registration of bicycles; to provide for requirements for the operation of bicycles upon a roadway; to authorize the establishment of rules and regulations; to provide for enforcement; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other  purposes."

Many cyclists were opposed to the proposed law. Tim Ammons is a casual cyclist. He said the bill goes too far and he wonders where it all stops.

"Are people going to register their roller skates, roller blades or something like that and put a tag on your rear end or something," said Ammons.

Rogers said the bill would have required parents to register their children's bicycles. He said his office has been flooded with calls from people who complain cyclists are nuisance and danger to motorists.

"These folks need to be liable - responsible for their own actions riding a bike because if I hit that person, I am responsible," Rogers said.

Lance Folk, a frequent cyclist, is also opposed to the bill.

"You are trying to modify behavior or control behavior or something along those lines. How is this going to do that? I don't see how this is going to do that other than getting a couple bucks. If you are not going to change your behavior then we are going to charge you a couple bucks for that behavior," Folk said.

Click here to read the bill.  

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