Philadelphia Council Considers Bike Registration
KYW Newsradio reports that after two pedestrian deaths in Philadelphia due to collisions with cyclists, Philadelphia City Council is considering bicycle registration.
“My [City councilman Frank DiCicco] bill would require everyone who operates a bicycle over the age of 12 to have his or her bicycle registered. Because we’ll at least have a tag, which we can identify in case there is an accident.”
Kenney [City councilman], meantime, will propose increasing the fines for riding bicycles on the sidewalks. The current fine is $10. Kenney wants it to be $300. He also wants the current $3 fine for wearing headphones while on a bicycle to also increase to $300.
Kenney will also propose penalties for bicyclists who remove brakes from their vehicles, a practice that he says is suddenly gaining in popularity. He suggests either a $1,000 fine for those operating bicycles without brakes, or a penalty of forfeiture of the bike.