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Friday, June 29, 2007

Bicycle Registration in DC

So yesterday...

On Thursday, June 28, DC Councilmember Phil Mendelson will hold a hearing on the Bicycle Registration Reform Act of 2007. The bill calls for eliminating the current mandatory registration system and replacing it with a voluntary registration system using a national database. The current system requires bicycle owners to take their bikes to a police station for registration. It also requires MPD to maintain a database of registered bicycles. The new system would allow bicycle owners to register on-line, over the phone, or via the US mail with a nation bicycle registration company. On the back end, MPD would run registration numbers of stolen bikes in their possession through the national database. DDOT is testifying in favor of the legislation. The hearing (of the COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE JUDICIARY) is scheduled for 2:00 PM in ROOM 412 of the Wilson Building (14th and Penn Ave, NW). Please contact the committee directly if you would like to testify. You can also submit your comments in writing to the Committee, and you can watch the hearing live on the web or DC cable.
I couldn't make it, but I'd like to hear a report. Anyone? Anyone?

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