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Bend bicyclists voice reactions to 'bike fee' bill

By John Hendricks
Published On: Mar 11 2013 01:59:34 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 06 2013 06:43:51 PM CST

NewsChannel 21's John Hendricks hears reaction on a proposed bill in Salem that would require cyclists to register their bike.

BEND, Ore. -

If a bill proposed in Salem is signed into law, cyclists in Oregon could be facing a $10 registration fee.

The bill was proposed by Republican Sen. Larry George of Yamhill County. In the bill, the fees would go to an newly created "Bicycle Transportation Improvement Fund." The money would be used by the state for bicycle-related transportation projects.

If signed into law and a cyclist is caught with an unregistered bike, they could face a $25 fine.

Many in Central Oregon say they understand the need to fund improvement projects, but that this is not the way to do it.

"I have hesitation, because it's another way for the government to keep accountable your property," said cyclist Natalie Kuntz.

"I like the idea of the roads being nicer," cyclist James Adams said. "I assume something like that would go for (that), but I'm not certain it would trickle down to actually being effective in that way."

Cyclist Justin Serna says he owns six or seven bikes and doesn't feel it would be very feasible for him to register them all. He also wonders how the law would even be enforced in the first place.

"It would be kind of like the way they are supposed to stop people who are on cell phones in their car," Serna said. "It doesn't happen. You know, we would have this law out there that would be kind of arbitrary I guess."

What's your view on the proposal? Weigh in in comments here, and take part in the KTVZ.COM Poll on the issue, halfway down the right side of our home page.

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