Bike fee proposal met with mixed reactions

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A Chicago alderwoman wants the city to force bicycle owners to register their bikes, just like cars, and pay an annual fee.

Calling herself a bike rider and standing outside her ward office at 50th and State, Alderman Pat Dowell maintained that a $25 dollar registration fee for bikes and a mandatory hour long safety class is good for everyone that shares the road.

The alderman called the measure an effort to generate money and improve safety. She believes there are at least 200 bikes in the city and fees could easily generate $5 million dollars and help close the $339 million dollar shortfall in the 2014 budget proposal.

There is an existing ordinance on the books that calls for bike registration, Dowell says she just adding the fee.

The mayor released this statement in response saying…“This particular proposal reflects the bike registration law that is already city law. That law is difficult to enforce because of the police resources needed. Our officers should be focused on the most serious crimes….We will be reaching out to the alderman to discuss her proposal.”

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