Another good idea from Commuter Outrage:
As more people switch to bicycles in lieu of high gas prices, bicycle theft rates will only continue to rise. Bicyclists need protection from this threat, and this protection requires resources that are expensive. Bicyclists should contribute funding toward the services they use, and registration of bicycles will make it easier to track and return stolen bicycles. A $1 per year registration fees is much less expensive than having to buy a new bicycle, which could easily cost more in one shot than 100 years of registration fees.
Regardless of how we view the situation in Detroit, bicycle theft is a common problem in other cities as well – particularly New York. New York wants to encourage bicycle use, but they have a difficult time providing necessary services to bicyclists.
Bicyclists need serious safety regulations that are enforced. They need better parking, and they need to register bicycles so that we can take steps to protect them from crime. All of these services cost money, and it is only fair to ask bicyclists to pay for them.