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Bob Huckaby moves forward on statewide bike registration, licensing measures

“Everybody has to be on the same playing field…I’ll share the road, but let’s share the laws too.”— Bob Huckaby Buoyed by support from across the state, Portlander Bob Huckaby is going full-steam ahead on a statewide ballot measure that would require all bicycles to have license plates and would mandate a bicycle law test … Read more

Comment highlight: Thoughts on getting a “free” ride

Free riders.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) It’s a common refrain during civic debates about bicycling: People on bikes get a “free ride” and it’s just “not fair” that any public subsidies should go toward making bicycling better because people who ride “don’t pay their way” and they are scofflaws to boot. It’s that type of perspective … Read more

Legislative committee wants ODOT to study bike licensing

They work for cars, but for bikes?(Photo © J. Maus) The House Committee on Transportation has put forward a legislative concept (soon to become an official bill) that would direct the Oregon Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the feasibility of bicycling licensing. The idea currently exists as Legislative Concept 1581 (LC 1581). … Read more

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Gandhi, bike licensing, and a 100 year-old debate

Gandhi protested against bikelicenses 100 years ago.(Photo: Wikidpedia) The topic of bicycle licensing has been growing into more than a buzz lately. It’s often brought up around watercoolers and on web forums, and at this year’s Oregon Bike Summit, one of the keynote speakers (Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Gail Achterman) suggested that licensing bicycles is … Read more