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Bicycle Licensing in San Mateo

Recently a reader sent in a link to a story in the San Mateo Patch, Bicycle Licensing in San Mateo, with the note “Is this the beginning?” More like the end—many communities have dated, unenforceable bicycle licensing or registration requirements on the books. I say unenforceable as in the case outlined in this story, in many of the places people have noticed such requirements the authorities themselves are typically ignorant of not only the regulations in the first place, but of any way to meet them even if you want. Financially speaking, running a bicycle registration program requires such an extensive administrative system that cities find them unfeasible to run.

We covered many of the issues around bicycle licensing way back in Urban Velo #6, License to Ride.


  1. kristinMay 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This is my hometown so this bums me out extra. Glad I moved to Washington!

  2. vegancommuterMay 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    The article states that it’s nearly impossible to enforce, thus cities are not likely to have a licensing program or have officials heed to it if they do.

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