From the NY Post:
In a bid to rein in rogue cyclists, all adult pedal pushers in the city will be required to get an ID tag affixed to their bikes if a city councilman has his way, The Post has learned.
Eric Ulrich (R-Queens) says he is floating the proposal -- which would require a small fee -- because "there seems to be a double standard when it comes to enforcing the traffic laws. Bicycles are involved in accidents, unfortunately, across this city."
Ulrich says that many of his constituents are seniors and that "people on bicycles scare the hell out of them. Sometimes they can be an intimidating presence on the city streets."
Cycling advocacy groups said they'd lobby against the idea.
"We're adamantly opposed to any legislation that would require licensing or registration of bicycles," said Kim Martineau, a spokeswoman for Transportation Alternatives. ". . .[T]he deterrent effect it would have on cycling would be enormous."
Why would it have a deterrent effect on cycling? Because bikers would have to take responsibility for their actions? Because hit-and-run with an injury is a crime? Or is it the fee they oppose? I thought their mantra all these years was that if you want to use the roads, bridges, park, etc. you should expect to pay a fee. Why should they be exempt?